We demonstrated regioselective C-H bond cleavage induced by a single Au adatom by the formation of this organometallic compound. The regioselective C–H bond cleaving is enabled by an intermediate metal–organic complex, which significantly reduces the dissociation barrier of a specific C–H bond.  

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B. Lowe, J. Hellerstedt, A. Matěj, P. Mutombo, D. Kumar, M. Ondráček, P. Jelínek, A. Schiffrin
Selective Activation of Aromatic C−H Bonds Catalyzed by Single Gold Atoms at Room Temperature
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144 (2022) 21389 - 21397.