Characterization of a Rhodium(I) σ-Methane Complex in Solution

@article{Bernskoetter2009CharacterizationOA,
  title={Characterization of a Rhodium(I) $\sigma$-Methane Complex in Solution},
  author={Wesley H. Bernskoetter and Cynthia K. Schauer and Karen I. Goldberg and Maurice Brookhart},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={326},
  pages={553 - 556}
}
Methane Loosely Bound For the most part, molecular bonds involve sharing of electrons between two discrete atoms. In certain cases, however, a third atom can also attract a portion of the electron density without fully cleaving the bond. Such loose complexes between C-H bonds and transition metals are often invoked as short-lived intermediates in metal-catalyzed reactions of hydrocarbons, though they are rarely observed directly. Bernskoetter et al. (p. 553) glimpse this coordination motif for… 
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