On This Day In Chemistry

November 10th

German Chemist Ernst Otto Fischer was born on this day in 1918

He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1973 for determining the structure of ferrocene (Fe(C5H5)2), a single iron (Fe) atom sandwiched between two five-sided carbon rings. There are many analogues of ferrocene, which together have led to the rapid growth of organometallic chemistry.

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