C(sp3)–H functionalizations of light hydrocarbons using decatungstate photocatalysis in flow
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Direct activation of gaseous hydrocarbons remains a major challenge for the chemistry community. Because of the intrinsic inertness of these compounds, harsh reaction conditions are typically required to enable C(sp3)–H bond cleavage, barring potential applications in synthetic organic chemistry. Here, we report a general and mild strategy to activate C(sp3)–H bonds in methane, ethane, propane, and isobutane through hydrogen atom transfer using inexpensive decatungstate as photocatalyst at room temperature. The corresponding carbon-centered radicals can be effectively trapped by a variety of Michael acceptors, leading to the corresponding hydroalkylated adducts in good isolated yields and high selectivity (38 examples).
Laudadio, G., Deng, Y., van der Wal, K., Ravelli, D., Nuño, M., Fagnoni, M., Guthrie, D., Sun, Y., & Noël, T. (2020). C(sp3)–H functionalizations of light hydrocarbons using decatungstate photocatalysis in flow. Science, 369(6499), 92-96. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abb4688