Direct observation of oxygen rebound with an iron-hydroxide complex

Jan Paulo T. Zaragoza, Timothy H. Yosca, Maxime A. Siegler, Pierre Moënne-Loccoz, Michael T. Green, David P. Goldberg

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The rebound mechanism for alkane hydroxylation was invoked over 40 years ago to help explain reactivity patterns in cytochrome P450, and subsequently has been used to provide insight into a range of biological and synthetic systems. Efforts to model the rebound reaction in a synthetic system have been unsuccessful, in part because of the challenge in preparing a suitable metalhydroxide complex at the correct oxidation level. Herein we report the synthesis of such a complex. The reaction of this species with a series of substituted radicals allows for the direct interrogation of the rebound process, providing insight into this uniformly invoked, but previously unobserved process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13640-13643
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
StatePublished - Oct 4 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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