Reviews Organocopper compounds • Most seen example: Lithium Dialkylcopper (organocuprate ) [(R) 2 Cu] - Li + • Cuprates are less reactive than organolithium • R acts as a Nucleophile • Oxidation state of copper is Cu(I). • Nucleophile “R” will attack various organic electrophiles. • Organocuprates are used in cross-coupling reactions to form higher alkanes. • Cross-Coupling Reaction: coupling of two different alkyls R and R’ to yield a new alkane (R-R’). This type of reaction is used to make new C-C between alkyl groups.