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Iron complexes of chiral phenol-oxazoline ligands: Structural studies and oxidation catalysis

By M.D. Godbole, M. Prat Puig, S. Tanase, H. Kooijman, A.L. Spek and E. Bouwman


Iron complexes of two ligands, HphoxCOOH and HphoxiPr, have been synthesized and characterized by crystal structure analyses. The complexes (HNEt3)2[Fe(phoxCOO)2](ClO4) and [Fe(phoxiPr)3] are reported. Reactions of the ligands rac-HphoxCOOH and rac- HphoxiPr with iron(II) or iron(III) perchlorate result in the formation of iron(III) complexes with pseudo-octahedral geometry around the metal center. The iron complex obtained from rac-HphoxCOOH crystallized in the centrosymmetric space group Cmca. The two ligands are bound in a tridentate manner generating a meridional coordination with both dianionic ligands on a metal center having the same chirality; due to the center of symmetry the complex with opposite chirality is also present. The complex (HNEt3)2[Fe(phox- COO)2](ClO4) is the first accurate structural model of the iron complex of a siderophore analog commonly observed in mycobactins. The three didentate ligands in the complex [Fe(phoxiPr)3] are bound with like atoms in a meridional manner to the metal center. The metal ion is surrounded by two ligands of the same chirality and one ligand of opposite chirality (ie. RRS or SSR); due to the presence of a center of symmetry both isomers are present in the crystal structure. The complex (HNEt3)2[Fe(phoxCOO)2](ClO4) shows promising activity in the oxidation of alkanes, such as toluene, ethylbenzene and cumene, while the complex [Fe(phoxiPr)3] does not show any catalytic activity in alkane oxidations under the conditions tested. The complex (HNEt3)2[Fe(phoxCOO)2](ClO4) is reasonably efficient in the conversion of H2O2 to oxidation products

Year: 2007
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