C-H Bond Activation by f-Block Complexes

Polly L. Arnold, Max W. McMullon, Julia Rieb, Fritz E. Kuehn

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Most homogeneous catalysis relies on the design of metal complexes to trap and convert substrates or small molecules to value-added products. Organometallic lanthanide compounds first gave a tantalizing glimpse of their potential for catalytic CH bond transformations with the selective cleavage of one CH bond in methane by bis(permethylcyclopentadienyl)lanthanide methyl [((5)-C5Me5)(2)Ln(CH3)] complexes some 25years ago. Since then, numerous metal complexes from across the periodic table have been shown to selectively activate hydrocarbon CH bonds, but the challenges of closing catalytic cycles still remain; many f-block complexes show great potential in this important area of chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-100
Number of pages19
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number1
Early online date30 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


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  • radical addition
  • rare earths

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