Metal-catalyzed C–H functionalization is an effective approach for carbon-hydrogen bond activation. This method employs a transition metal as the C–H activation catalyst to cleave the C–H bond and replace it with a carbon, nitrogen, or oxygen molecule. The ability to selectively functionalize C–H bonds of complex molecules streamlines the organic synthesis process by removing pre-functionalization steps. Moreover, the reliable and predictable conversion of a C–H into a C–C, C–N, C–O or C–X bond in a selective and controlled fashion is a sustainable alternative in diverse synthetic transformations due to waste reduction. C–H activation not only expands the number of sites that can be targeted in a given molecule, multiplying the opportunities for elaboration into more complex products, but also allows for completely different kinds of chemical bonds to be targeted, often with high chemoselectivity.
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