R. Bruce King

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R. Bruce King is emeritus Regents Professor at the University of Georgia. He has contributed to many areas of organometallic chemistry, including synthesis, spectroscopy, and theory. He is the author and editor of several monographs and book series. [1]


Structure of Fe2(SCH3)2(CO)6, isomers of which King separated and characterized. Fe2 SMe 2 CO 6.svg
Structure of Fe2(SCH3)2(CO)6, isomers of which King separated and characterized.

Training and research interests

He received his Ph.D. in 1961 under the direction of F. Gordon A. Stone at Harvard for research on organocobalt and organoiron compounds. [3] He subsequently conducted studies on synthetic organometallic chemistry at DuPont and then at the Mellon Institute. His endeavors led to the first examples of diazonium complexes. [4] His contributions also include organophosphorus ligands.


Among his accolades, King was recognized by the ACS Awards in Pure Chemistry (1971) and in Inorganic Chemistry (1991).

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  1. King, R. B. Organometallic Syntheses. Volume 1 Transition-Metal Compounds; Academic Press: New York, 1965. ISBN   0444426078.
  2. King, R. B. (1962). "Organosulfur Derivatives of Metal Carbonyls. I. The Isolation of Two Isomeric Products in the Reaction of Triiron Dodecacarbonyl with Dimethyl Disulfide". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 84: 2460. doi:10.1021/ja00871a045.
  3. Kaesz, H. D.; King, R. B.; Manuel, T. A.; Nichols, L. D.; Stone, F. G. A. (1960). "Chemistry of the metal carbonyls. V. The desulfurization of thiophene". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 82: 4749–4750. doi:10.1021/ja01502a080.
  4. King, R. B. (1995). "Thirty Years of Organometallic Aryldiazenido Aryldiazo Derivatives". J. Organomet. Chem. 500: 187.