Formation and reactivity of organometallic alkane complexes

Alexander J. Cowan, Michael W. George

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Organometallic alkane complexes are highly reactive species that have been shown to be key intermediates in the C-H activation of alkanes by transition metal centres. Organometallic alkane complexes were first identified in low temperature matrices over 30 years ago and now sufficiently long-lived examples have been characterised by NMR spectroscopy. We provide a brief overview of the study of these key reactive intermediates and describe recent studies on the characterisation of organometallic alkane complexes and their related C-H activation using fast time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2504-2511
Number of pages8
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkane complexes
  • C-H activation
  • Sigma complexes
  • Time-resolved infrared
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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