Magnesium particulate products are used as reducing agents in organic chemistry, particularly Grignard reactions and magnesium alkyls.
The Grignard reagent is crucial in the synthesis of complex organic molecules due to its ability to transfer the alkyl group virtually intact and without isomeric modification. End products include many pharmaceuticals, flavours, fragrances, agricultural organometallic chemicals and polyolefin catalysts. Magnesium Elektron® products, such as raspings, chips, flakes or granules are used in Grignard reactions as the larger surface area helps to control the vigorous nature of the reaction.
Magnesium alkyls are used as homogenous catalysts in the production of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), otherwise known as the Ziegler-Natta catalyst. This application requires a finer magnesium powder such as Magnesium Elektron's RMC-100 or RMC-200 to sustain the reaction.
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