Alkane hydroxylation by a nonheme iron catalyst that challenges the heme paradigm for oxygenase action

Anna Company, Laura Gómez, Mireia Güell, Xavi Ribas, Josep M. Luis, Lawrence Que, Miquel Costas

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Abstract

A nonheme iron catalyst catalyzed stereoselective oxidation of alkanes with H2O2 with remarkable efficiency and exhibiting an unprecedented high incorporation of water into the oxidized products. The present results challenge the canonical description of oxygenases, the standard oxo-hydroxo tautomerism that applies to heme systems and serves as a precedent for alternative pathways for the oxidation of hydrocarbons at nonheme iron oxygenases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15766-15767
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume129
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 26 2007

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