Characterization of Terminal Iron(III)-Oxo and Iron(III)-Hydroxo Complexes Derived from O2 Activation

Zachary Gordon, Tabitha J. Miller, Clare A. Leahy, Ellen M. Matson, Mark Burgess, Michael J. Drummond, Codrina V. Popescu, Connor M. Smith, Richard L. Lord, Joaquín Rodríguez-López, Alison R. Fout

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15801-15811
Number of pages11
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 2 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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