Selective functionalization of methane, ethane, and higher alkanes by cerium photocatalysis

With the recent soaring production of natural gas, the use of methane and other light hydrocarbon feedstocks as starting materials in synthetic transformations is becoming increasingly economically attractive, though it remains chemically challenging. Here, we report the development of photocatalytic C–H amination, alkylation and arylation of methane, ethane, and higher alkanes under visible light irradiation at ambient temperature. High catalytic efficiency (turnover numbers up to 2900…
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