Hydrocarbon synthesis

Ringing the chains

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An unusual cyclization reaction to form alkylarenes — which are important chemical feedstocks — from alkanes is mediated by an iridium catalyst.

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Figure 1: Traditional synthesis of alkylarenes and their uses.

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Hartwig, J. Ringing the chains. Nature Chem 3, 99–101 (2011) doi:10.1038/nchem.978

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