A chameleon catalyst for nonheme iron-promoted olefin oxidation

Shyam R. Iyer, Maedeh Moshref Javadi, Yan Feng, Min Young Hyun, Williamson N. Oloo, Cheal Kim, Lawrence Que

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We report the chameleonic reactivity of two nonheme iron catalysts for olefin oxidation with H2O2 that switch from nearly exclusive cis-dihydroxylation of electron-poor olefins to the exclusive epoxidation of electron-rich olefins upon addition of acetic acid. This switching suggests a common precursor to the nucleophilic oxidant proposed to FeIII2-OOH and electrophilic oxidant proposed to FeV(O)(OAc), and reversible coordination of acetic acid as a switching pathway. This journal is

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13777-13780
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number89
StatePublished - Nov 18 2014

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    Iyer, S. R., Javadi, M. M., Feng, Y., Hyun, M. Y., Oloo, W. N., Kim, C., & Que, L. (2014). A chameleon catalyst for nonheme iron-promoted olefin oxidation. Chemical Communications, 50(89), 13777-13780. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cc06164k