Reference numberAP/41/10
TitlePaper, 'On some new ethyl-compounds containing the alkali-metals' by J A [James Alfred] Wanklyn
CreatorWanklyn; James Alfred (1834-1906); English analytical chemist
DateJune 1858
DescriptionWanklyn writes that 'the very remarkable composition and properties of that class of substances comprehending kakodyl and zinc-ethyl, have justly attached no ordinary degree of interest to the so-called organo-metallic compounds. Influenced by that interest, I was led to inquire whether the series might not include members into whose composition the alkali-metals entered. It was a question whether combination between so powerfully electro-positive a body as potassium or sodium on the one hand, and a hydrocarbon radical on the other, did not involve impossible conditions.' He shares details of a series of experiments.

Marked on front as 'Archives' and 'Proceedings'. Annotations in pencil throughout. Includes two figures in the text illustrating experiments.

Subject: Organic chemistry

Received 10 June 1858. Communicated by Edward Frankland.

Written by Wanklyn in the Laboratory of Professor Bunsen, Heidelberg [Germany].

A version of this paper was published in volume 9 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On some new ethyl-compounds containing the alkalimetals'.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1857.0084
Related records in the catalogueRR/3/276
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7973Frankland; Sir; Edward (1825 - 1899); chemist1825 - 1899
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