Surface and catalytic chemistry of organoactinides. Evidence for surface-stabilized alkylidenes

Ming Yuan He, Robert L. Burwell, Tobin J Marks

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The reaction of M[η5-(CH3)5C5] 2(CH3)2 and M[η5-(CH3)5C5] 2(CD3)2 compounds, M = Th and ∪, with partially dehydroxylated and nearly completely dehydroxylated alumina yields methane via protolysis by surface OH, ring H atom abstraction, and elimination within the M(CH3)2 groups. The latter pathway is proposed on the basis of chemical evidence to result in alumina-stabilized actinide alkylidenes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-569
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1983


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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