O2 activation at nonheme iron centers is a common motif in biological systems. While synthetic models have provided numerous insights into the reactivity of high-valent iron-oxo complexes related to biological processes, the majority of these complexes are synthesized using alternative oxidants. This report describes O2 activation by an iron(II)-triflate complex of the imino-functionalized tris(pyrrol-2-ylmethyl)amine ligand framework, H3[N(piCy)3]. Initial reaction conditions result in the formation of a mixture of oxidation products including terminal iron(III)-oxo and iron(III)-hydroxo complexes. The relevance of these species to the O2 activation process is demonstrated through reactivity studies and electrochemical analysis of the iron(III)-oxo complex.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry