Comment on "Activation of methane to CH3 +: A selective industrial route to methanesulfonic acid". Academic Article uri icon


  • Daz-Urrutia and Ott (Reports, 22 March 2019, p. 1326) report a selective conversion of methane to methanesulfonic acid that is proposed to occur by a cationic chain reaction in which CH3 + adds to sulfur trioxide (SO3) to form CH3-S(O)2O+ This mechanism is not plausible because of the solvent reactivity of CH3 +, the non-nucleophilicity of the sulfur atom of SO3, and the high energy of CH3-S(O)2O.

published proceedings

  • Science

altmetric score

  • 37.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Roytman, V. A., & Singleton, D. A.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Roytman, Vladislav A||Singleton, Daniel A

publication date

  • January 1, 2019 11:11 AM