Conflicting Role of Water in the Activation of H2O2 and the Formation and Reactivity of Non-Heme FeIII-OOH and FeIII-O-FeIII Complexes at Room Temperature

Sandeep K. Padamati, Apparao Draksharapu, Duenpen Unjaroen, Wesley R. Browne

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The formation of an FeIII-OOH species by reaction of complex 1 ([(MeN3Py)FeII(CH3CN)2]2+) with H2O2 at room temperature is reported and is studied by a combination of UV/vis absorption, EPR, and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The formation of the FeIII-OOH species, and its subsequent conversion to relatively inert FeIII-O-FeIII species, is shown to be highly dependent on the concentration of water, with excess water favoring the formation of the latter species, which is studied by UV/vis absorption spectroelectrochemistry also. The presence of acetic acid increases the rate and extent of oxidation of 1 to its iron(III) state and inhibits the wasteful decomposition of H2O2 but does not affect significantly the spectroscopic properties of the FeIII-OOH species formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4211-4222
Number of pages12
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2 2016

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