Conquering the Carbon-Hydrogen Bond

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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1942-1943
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1942

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The conversion of natural alkanes and aromatics into chemical intermediates is an important aspect of industrial-scale chemical synthesis. But as Jones explains in this Perspective, the controlled conversion of hydrocarbons into the desired intermediates remains a challenge. He discusses two papers, Jia et al. and Chen et al., which report important advances in the catalytic conversion of aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons into useful, reactive products.