Synthetic methods to bifunctional ethynes have been examined. Direct ethynylation, the Stephens-Castro reaction, the Pd-catalysed Hagihara coupling, transmetalation reactions and nucleophilic additions have been evaluated in the preparation of substituted ferrocenylethynes with intended use of these materials in electrochemical and nonlinear optical investigations. Asymmetric ferrocenylethynes are promising candidates for applications in contemporary materials science. Synthetically, 1,4-bis(ferrocenylethynylene)benzene (1), 1,3,5-tris(ferrocenylethynylene) benzene (2), and 9 ,10-bis(ferrocenylethynylene)anthracene (3) are obtained in high yields, whereas 4-ferrocenylethynylene-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorostyrene (4) and potassium (ferrocenylethynylene) triphenyl borate (5) are accessible in only moderate yields. Further extension of this chemistry to additional heteronuclear bimetallic coordination compounds has been attempted, but without success due to severe difficulties in both preparation and characterization of these materials.