Carbon–Carbon Bond Activation in Saturated Hydrocarbons by Field-Assisted Nitrogen Fixation


  • We thank Dr. Jobin Cyriac for the Raman measurements. This work was supported by NSF under grant number CHE 08948650 and by the Separations and Analysis Program, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy under grant number DE-FG02-06ER15807.


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Functionalization of alkanes: Waxes present on electrically charged surfaces undergo C[BOND]C bond functionalization with N2 to give imines. The products are characterized on-line by mass spectrometry or collected and characterized off-line by Raman spectroscopy (see picture).