Privileged Role of Thiolate as the Axial Ligand in Hydrogen Atom Transfer Reactions by Oxoiron(IV) Complexes in Shaping the Potential Energy Surface and Inducing Significant H-Atom Tunneling

Johannes E.M.N. Klein, Debasish Mandal, Wei Min Ching, Dibyendu Mallick, Lawrence Que, Sason Shaik

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Abstract

An H/D kinetic isotope effect (KIE) of 80 is found at -20 °C for the oxidation of 9,10-dihydroanthracene by [FeIV(O)(TMCS)]+, a complex supported by the tetramethylcyclam (TMC) macrocycle with a tethered thiolate. This KIE value approaches that previously predicted by DFT calculations. Other [FeIV(O)(TMC)(anion)] complexes exhibit values of 20, suggesting that the thiolate ligand of [FeIV(O)(TMCS)]+ plays a unique role in facilitating tunneling. Calculations show that tunneling is most enhanced (a) when the bond asymmetry between C-H bond breaking and O-H bond formation in the transition state is minimized, and (b) when the electrostatic interactions in the O - -H - -C moiety are maximal. These two factors - which peak for the best electron donor, the thiolate ligand - afford a slim and narrow barrier through which the H-atom can tunnel most effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18705-18713
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume139
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2017

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