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New insights into the mechanism of methane formation in the protonation of methyl complexes

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Henderson


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The reaction between [NiMe{Ph2PCH2CH2)2PPh}]+ and anhydrous HCl (in MeCN) involves initial protonation of nickel to form [Ni(H)Me{{Ph2PCH2CH2)2PPh}]2+, but methane is not produced until after additional, direct protonation of the methyl group.

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Author(s): Henderson RA, Oglieve KE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Communications

Year: 1999

Issue: 22

Pages: 2271-2272

Print publication date: 21/11/1999

ISSN (print): 1359-7345

ISSN (electronic): 1364-548X

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/a907080j


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