The mutual exchange of methyl groups of ethane molecules is catalyzed by a silica-supported tantalum hydride surface complex (see the schematic representation of the transition states). This process, which resembles degenerate olefin metathesis, is five times faster than the productive alkane metathesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Angewandte Chemie - International Edition|
|State||Published - Jul 12 1999|
- C-C activation
- Surface chemistry
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