Mononuclear Cu-O2 complexes: Geometries, spectroscopic properties, electronic structures, and reactivity

Christopher J. Cramer, William B. Tolman

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Abstract

Using interwoven experimental and theoretical methods, detailed studies of several structurally defined 1:1 Cu-O2 complexes have provided important fundamental chemical information useful for understanding the nature of intermediates involved in aerobic oxidations in synthetic and enzymatic copper-mediated catalysis. In particular, these studies have shed new light on the factors that influence the mode of O2 coordination (end-on vs side-on) and the electronic structure, which can vary between Cu(II)-superoxo and Cu(III)-peroxo extremes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-608
Number of pages8
JournalAccounts of Chemical Research
Volume40
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

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