The reaction of M[η5-(CH3)5C5]2(CH3)2 and [η5-(CH3)5C5]2(CD3)2 compounds, M = Th and U, 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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry