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The research effort was direted toward an understanding of the behavior of ferrocene and its compounds in strong acid. The research had four targets: 1) Determin the reactions responsible for the observed oxidation of ferrocene in the presence of acids and establish procedures to reduce or eliminat this oxidation. 2) Examine the structure of protonated ferrocenes to see if they might shed light on the mechanisms of ferrocene reactions. 3) Examine the possibility that ferrocenyl carbenium ions and protonated ferrocenes share some structural features which might be interpretable on the basis of the information gained on protonated ferrocenes. 4) Apply the techniques for handling of ferrocenes in acids to a kinetic study of the protodemetallation of Group IV substituted ferrocenes.