Formation of Metal Alkyls by Ionizing Radiation

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Science  12 Dec 1958:
Vol. 128, Issue 3337, pp. 1510-1511
DOI: 10.1126/science.128.3337.1510-a


It has been demonstrated that liquid hydrocarbons, under the influence of gamma radiation, react with "high-surface sodium" to form metal alkyls. The nature of these metal alkyls has been determined, and possible mechanisms for their formation are discussed.