Key Metal-Methane Complex Observed | October 26, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 43 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 87 Issue 43 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 26, 2009

Key Metal-Methane Complex Observed

Never-before-seen complex is believed to mimic a key intermediate in the conversion of natural gas into liquid gas
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: methane, natural gas

A transition-metal-methane complex believed to mimic a key intermediate in the conversion of natural gas into liquid fuels has finally been observed (Science 2009, 326, 553). In the species, the electrons of a C–H bond serve as a donor ligand to the metal, an arrangement called a σ complex. Such σ complexes are well-known for H2 and likely occur as intermediates in hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis reactions but have not been documented for methane in solution. . . .

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