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Keywords:

  • C-H activation;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • methanol;
  • oxidation;
  • renewable resources
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The controlled conversion of methane to methanol requires C[BOND]H bond cleavage and C[BOND]O bond formation. A catalytic cycle incorporating 1,2-CH-addition and net oxygen insertion with late transition metals has been proposed for this conversion. This Minireview discusses the current state of the art for each step of the proposed catalytic cycle.