Methylrhenium trioxide

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Methylrhenium trioxide, also known as methyltrioxorhenium, is an organometallic compound with the formula CH3ReO3. It is a volatile, colourless solid that has been used as a catalyst in some laboratory experiments. In this compound, Re has a tetrahedral coordination geometry with one methyl and three oxo ligands. The oxidation state of rhenium is +7.

Methylrhenium trioxide
Other names
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.202.821
Molar mass 249.24 g/mol
Appearance white powder
Melting point 112 °C (234 °F; 385 K)
highly soluble in water
Safety data sheet External MSDS
GHS pictograms GHS03: OxidizingGHS07: Harmful
GHS Signal word Warning
H272, H315, H319, H335, H413
P210, P220, P221, P261, P264, P271, P273, P280, P302+352, P304+340, P305+351+338, P312, P321, P332+313, P337+313, P362, P370+378, P403+233, P405, P501
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Methylrhenium trioxide is commercially available. It can be prepared by many routes, a typical method is the reaction of Re2O7 and tetramethyltin:[1]

Re2O7 + (CH3)4Sn → CH3ReO3 + (CH3)3SnOReO3

Analogous alkyl and aryl derivatives are known. Compounds of the type RReO3 are Lewis acids, forming both 1:1 and 1:2 adducts with halides and amines.


Methylrhenium trioxide serves as a heterogeneous catalyst for a variety of transformations. Supported on Al2O3/SiO2, it catalyzes olefin metathesis at 25 °C.

In solution, MTO catalyses for the oxidations with hydrogen peroxide. Terminal alkynes yield the corresponding acid or ester, internal alkynes yield diketones, and alkenes give epoxides. MTO also catalyses the conversion of aldehydes and diazoalkanes into an alkene,[2] and the oxidation of amines to N-oxides with sodium percarbonate.[3]


  1. ^ Herrmann, W. A.; Kratzer R. M.; Fischer R. W. (1997). "Alkylrhenium Oxides from Perrhenates: A New, Economical Access to Organometallic Oxide Catalysts". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 36 (23): 2652–2654. doi:10.1002/anie.199726521.
  2. ^ Hudson, A. “Methyltrioxorhenium” Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis. John Wiley & Sons: New York, 2002.
  3. ^ Jain, Suman L.; Joseph, Jomy K.; Sain, Bir (2006). "Rhenium-Catalyzed Highly Efficient Oxidations of Tertiary Nitrogen Compounds to N-Oxides Using Sodium Percarbonate as Oxygen Source". Synlett: 2661–2663. doi:10.1055/s-2006-951487.