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Isomer-Selective Thermal Activation of Methane in the Gas Phase by [HMO]+ and [M(OH)]+ (M=Ti and V)

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  • Dr. Robert Kretschmer,

    1. Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany)
    2. University of California San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Jolla, CA 92093-0343 (USA)
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  • Dr. Maria Schlangen,

    1. Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz

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    1. Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany)
    • Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany)

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  • Financial support from the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (EXC 314/1) funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and administered by the Technische Universität Berlin is gratefully acknowledged. R.K. acknowledges the Stiftung Stipendien Fonds des Verbandes der Chemischen Industrie for a Kekulé scholarship and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung for a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship. We thank the Institut für Mathematik der TU Berlin for the allocation of computer time.

Abstract

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Methane scrabble: To have the right elements is sometimes just not sufficient, as shown by [M(OH)]+ (M=Ti, V), which do not react with methane. However, reshuffling of the “tiles” to [HMO]+ changes the reactions behavior completely, leading to the first example of C[BOND]H bond activation of methane by an early first-row transition-metal cation.

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