Ferrocene derivatives are versatile reagents for:
Antiknock properties: Promotes the smokeless combustion of fuels. Comparatively low concentrations of ferrocene have a marked effect upon carbon formation, and appear to catalyze the oxidation of soot.
Used in the manufacture of catalysts for sophisticated chiral intermediates in the pharmaceutical industry. Being investigated as an activator for lymphocytes and macrophages resulting in anti-tumor effects, in the synthesis of biologically significant amino acid derivatives, and in blood glucose meters to accurately measure glucose levels.
Catalyst in electrochemical redox/combustion, used in the manufacture of ammonia and in the production of a fire suppressant.
An acrylic monomer activator used to decrease premature chain termination and branching of the polymer. This provides the product with precisely the correct amount of bonding strength. It also serves to increase shelf life of the product.
- Increase heat and ultraviolet stability of various polyethylene polymers and impart fire-resistance to olefin polymers
- Electronics applications:
- stabilize the current realized in ceramic carbon electrodes
- deposit iron-containing thin films in chemical vapor deposition processes for semi-conductor chips
- prevent overcharge in secondary lithium ion batteries
- enhance the manufacture of nanoelectronic silicon chips