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Patent Number: 5,358,546
A novel zerovalent zinc species and an organozinc reagent are disclosed. The zerovalent zinc species is directly produced by reaction of a reducing agent on a zinc salt, preferably Zn(CN)2. The organozinc reagent results from the reaction of the zerovalent zinc species and an organic compound having one or more stable anionic leaving groups. These organozinc reagents include a wide spectrum of functional groups in the organic radical, and are useful in a variety of reactions schemes.