Homologation over platinum black has been studied by a radiotracer method. The results are in agreement with the mechanism involving carbene addition to open-chain surface species. Radioactivity values prove that carbenes originate from deep fragmentation of the parent alkane. The side methyl group of 3-methylpentane participates to a lesser extent in carbene formation. Benzene alkylation (if it occurs at all) is only of minor importance in toluene formation.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 1: Physical Chemistry in Condensed Phases|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1984|
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