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Patent Number: 5,507,973
Novel zerovalent metal species and organometallic reagents are disclosed. The zerovalent metal species are directly produced by reaction of a reducing agent on a metal cyanide salt. Preferably, the zerovalent metal species are directly produced by reaction of an alkali metal reducing agent with a metal cyanide salt. The organometallic reagent results from the reaction of the zerovalent metal species and an organic compound having one or more stable anionic leaving groups.