Reduction of nitrous oxide to dinitrogen by a mixed valenttricopper- disulfido cluster

Itslk Bar-Nahum, Aalo K. Gupta, Stefan M. Huber, Mehmed Z. Ertem, Christopher J. Cramer, William B. Tolman

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(Figure Presented) The greenhouse gas N 2O is converted to N 2 by a μ-sulfido-tetracopper active site in the enzyme nitrous oxide reductase (N 2OR) via a process postulated to involve μ-1,3 coordination of N 2O to two Cu(I) ions. In efforts to develop synthetic models of the site with which to test mechanistic hypotheses, we have prepared a localized mixed valent Cu(II)Cu(I) 2 cluster bridged in a μ-η 211 fashion by disulfide, [L 3Cu 33-S 2)]X 2 (L = 1,4,7-trimethyltriazacyclononane, X = O 3SCF 3 - or SbF 6 -). This cluster exhibits spectroscopic features superficially similar to those of the active site in N 2OR and reacts with N 2O to yield N 2 in a reaction that models the function of the enzyme. Computations implicate a transition state structure that features μ-1,1-bridging of N 2O via its O-atom to a [L 2Cu 2(μ-S 2)] + fragment and provide chemical precedence for an alternative pathway for N 2O reduction by N 2OR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2812-2814
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 4 2009


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