Hydrogen-bonding effects on the reactivity of [X-FeIII-O-Fe IV=O] (X = OH, F) complexes toward C-H bond cleavage

Genqiang Xue, Caiyun Geng, Shengfa Ye, Adam T. Fiedler, Frank Neese, Lawrence Que

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Complexes 1-OH and 1-F are related complexes that share similar [X-Fe III-O-FeIV=O]3+ core structures with a total spin S of 1/2, which arises from antiferromagnetic coupling of an S = 5/2 FeIII-X site and an S = 2 FeIV=O site. EXAFS analysis shows that 1-F has a nearly linear FeIII-O-FeIV core compared to that of 1-OH, which has an Fe-O-Fe angle of ∼130 due to the presence of a hydrogen bond between the hydroxo and oxo groups. Both complexes are at least 1000-fold more reactive at C-H bond cleavage than 2, a related complex with a [OH-FeIV-O-Fe IV=O]4+ core having individual S = 1 FeIV units. Interestingly, 1-F is 10-fold more reactive than 1-OH. This raises an interesting question about what gives rise to the reactivity difference. DFT calculations comparing 1-OH and 1-F strongly suggest that the H-bond in 1-OH does not significantly change the electrophilicity of the reactive Fe IV=O unit and that the lower reactivity of 1-OH arises from the additional activation barrier required to break its H-bond in the course of H-atom transfer by the oxoiron(IV) moiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3976-3984
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013


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