Abstract by Clinton King
Chemistry and Biochemistry
CH activation by antimony pentafluoride
C-H activation has become a prominent reaction mechanism for the functionalization of C-H bonds. While the most prominent examples of alkane C-H activation involve transition metal complexes, our group has used density functional theory calculations to examine the possibility that p-block, main-group metals can also facilitate C-H activation and metal-alkyl functionalization. This talk will describe our recent computational effort to examine if C-H activation possible for alkane functionalization by the classic superacid SbF5/HF.