Organometallic approaches to methane activation

Ayusman Sen, Mark A. Benvenuto

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Methane is the most abundant and the least reactive member of the hydrocarbon family. The lack of reactivity of methane stems from its unusually high C-H bond energy of 104 kcal/mol. In recent years, several organometallic systems have been discovered that effect the C-H bond cleavage of methane in solution under unusually mild conditions (<100°C). The organometallic approaches to methane activation in the solution phase can be divided into four broad categories: one-center oxidative addition, two-center oxidative addition, intermolecular electrophilic cleavage, and intramolecular electrophilic cleavage. A brief description of these categories is given in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-288
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, Preprints
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992
EventSymposium on Natural Gas Upgrading II - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 5 1992Apr 10 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology


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