Alkane metathesis is a chemical reaction in which alkanes are rearranged to give longer or shorter alkane products. It is similar to olefin metathesis, except that olefin metathesis cleaves and recreates a carbon-carbon double bond, but alkane methathesis operates on a carbon-carbon single bond.
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... Alkane metathesis is catalyzed by metal-containing compounds or complexes ... Cross metathesis can also take place, in which, for example methane and propane molecules react to give two molecules of ethane ... intermediates just as in olefin metathesis ...