Activation of carbon-hydrogen bonds and dihydrogen by 1,2-CH-addition across metal-heteroatom bonds

Dalton Trans. 2013 Dec 28;42(48):16646-65. doi: 10.1039/c3dt52164h. Epub 2013 Sep 25.


The controlled conversion of hydrocarbons to functionalized products requires selective C-H bond cleavage. This perspective provides an overview of 1,2-CH-addition of hydrocarbons across d(0) transition metal imido complexes and compares and contrasts these to examples of analogous reactions that involve later transition metal amide, hydroxide and alkoxide complexes with d(6) and d(8) metals.