Ab initio molecular orbital theory and density functional theory (DFT) procedures have been used to study the binding of methane in CpRe(CO)2(CH4), the simplest σ-alkane complex in the experimentally widely studied CpRe(CO)2(alkane) family. We find the optimal Re···C, Re···H and C···H distances to be 2.60, 1.92, and 1.15 Å, respectively, on the composite… (More)