Shape-selective interception by hydrocarbons of the O2-derived oxidant of a biomimetic nonheme iron complex

Anusree Mukherjee, Marlène Martinho, Emile L. Bominaar, Eckard Münck, Lawrence Que

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Picky ferryl: The complex [Fe(TpPh 2)(BF)] (TpPh 2=hydrotris(3, 5-diphenylpyrazolyl)borate; BF=benzoylformate) reacts with O2 to generate an oxidant (see picture; O red, pink; Fe yellow; N blue; C gray; H white) that oxidizes added hydrocarbons shapeselectively. Discrimination derives from a cleft formed by two phenyl groups of the TpPh 2 ligand, favoring oblate spheroidal substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1780-1783
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number10
StatePublished - Feb 23 2009


  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Biomimetic reactivity
  • Iron
  • Oxygen activation
  • Shape selectivity

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