Aromatic hydroxylation reactivity of a mononuclear Cu(II)-alkylperoxo complex

Atsushi Kunishita, Junji Teraoka, Joseph D. Scanlon, Takahiro Matsumoto, Masatatsu Suzuki, Chris Cramer, Shinobu Itoh

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Reaction of copper(II) complex 1X supported by the tridentate bis(pyridylmethyl)amine ligand containing m-substituted phenyl groups at the 6-positions of the pyridine rings (LX) with H2O2 in the presence of triethylamine (NEt3) in acetone generates a copper(II)-alkylperoxo species 2X [2-hydroxy-2-hydroperoxypropane (HHPP) adduct]. The alkylperoxo intermediate 2X undergoes an efficient aromatic ligand hydroxylation reaction, producing a phenolate complex 4X via another intermediate 3X. Kinetic studies on the aromatic hydroxylation process are reported together with spectral characterization of 2X.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7248-7249
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 13 2007


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