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SPECTROSCOPY IN C–H ACTIVATION

Light up the dark paths

Indirect methods are generally adopted to elucidate complicated mechanisms of transition metal catalysis. Now, a way to directly observe transient manganese species and monitor key reaction steps has been established by using time-resolved multiple-probe spectroscopy.

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Fig. 1: Manganese-catalysed C–H functionalizations and mechanisms.

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Wang, C. Light up the dark paths. Nat Catal 1, 816–817 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-018-0180-8

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