# Process for functionalizing alkanes

## Abstract

Process for functionalizing saturated hydrocarbons comprises: (a) reacting said saturated hydrocarbons of the formula: R[sub 1]H wherein H represents a hydrogen atom; and R[sub 1] represents a saturated hydrocarbon radical, with a metal complex of the formula: CpRh[P(R[sub 2])[sub 3]]H[sub 2] wherein Cp represents a cyclopentadienyl or alkylcyclopentadienyl radical; Rh represents a rhodium atom; P represents a phosphorus atom; R[sub 2] represents a hydrocarbon radical; H represents a hydrogen atom, in the presence of ultraviolet radiation to form a hydridoalkyl complex of the formula: CpRh[P(R[sub 2])[sub 3]](R[sub 1])H (b) reacting said hydridoalkyl complex with an organic halogenating agent such as a tetrahalomethane or a haloform of the formulas: CX[prime]X[double prime]X[prime][double prime]X[double prime][double prime] or CHX[prime]X[double prime]X[prime][double prime] wherein X[prime], X[double prime], X[prime][double prime], X[double prime][double prime] represent halogens selected from bromine, iodine or chlorine atom, at a temperature in the range of about [minus]60 to [minus]17 C to form the corresponding haloalkyl complex of step (a) having the form shown in the diagram.

- Inventors:

- Issue Date:

- OSTI Identifier:
- 7271264

- Patent Number(s):
- 4746760

- Application Number:
- PPN: US 6-703640

- Assignee:
- Chevron Research Co., San Francisco, CA (United States)

- DOE Contract Number:
- AC03-76SF00098

- Resource Type:
- Patent

- Resource Relation:
- Patent File Date: 21 Feb 1985

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 02 PETROLEUM; ALKANES; HALOGENATION; ORGANOMETALLIC COMPOUNDS; PHOTOCHEMICAL REACTIONS; RHODIUM COMPLEXES; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; COMPLEXES; HYDROCARBONS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; TRANSITION ELEMENT COMPLEXES; 020500* - Petroleum- Products & By-Products

### Citation Formats

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Bergman, R G, Janowicz, A H, and Periana, R A.
```*Process for functionalizing alkanes*. United States: N. p., 1988.
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Bergman, R G, Janowicz, A H, & Periana, R A.
```*Process for functionalizing alkanes*. United States.

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Bergman, R G, Janowicz, A H, and Periana, R A. Tue .
"Process for functionalizing alkanes". United States.
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title = {Process for functionalizing alkanes},

author = {Bergman, R G and Janowicz, A H and Periana, R A},

abstractNote = {Process for functionalizing saturated hydrocarbons comprises: (a) reacting said saturated hydrocarbons of the formula: R[sub 1]H wherein H represents a hydrogen atom; and R[sub 1] represents a saturated hydrocarbon radical, with a metal complex of the formula: CpRh[P(R[sub 2])[sub 3]]H[sub 2] wherein Cp represents a cyclopentadienyl or alkylcyclopentadienyl radical; Rh represents a rhodium atom; P represents a phosphorus atom; R[sub 2] represents a hydrocarbon radical; H represents a hydrogen atom, in the presence of ultraviolet radiation to form a hydridoalkyl complex of the formula: CpRh[P(R[sub 2])[sub 3]](R[sub 1])H (b) reacting said hydridoalkyl complex with an organic halogenating agent such as a tetrahalomethane or a haloform of the formulas: CX[prime]X[double prime]X[prime][double prime]X[double prime][double prime] or CHX[prime]X[double prime]X[prime][double prime] wherein X[prime], X[double prime], X[prime][double prime], X[double prime][double prime] represent halogens selected from bromine, iodine or chlorine atom, at a temperature in the range of about [minus]60 to [minus]17 C to form the corresponding haloalkyl complex of step (a) having the form shown in the diagram.},

doi = {},

journal = {},

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place = {United States},

year = {1988},

month = {5}

}