Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)



First Advisor

Larry O. Spreer

First Committee Member

Richard P. Dodge

Second Committee Member

Michael J. Minch

Third Committee Member

Patrick R. Jones

Fourth Committee Member

Raymond M. Quick


This study was designed to provide information about the mechanisms of pentaaquodihalomethyl chromium(III) ions (halo chloro, bromo and iodo).


Mechanisms based on carbonium ion, carbeno and carbenoid type intermediates are proposed. A mechanism based on the nucleophillic attack (SN2) of water on the carbon center leading to a metal-formyl type intermediate is suggested as best fitting all the criteria observed in these studies.

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