Jonathan Rittle

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A series of tetranuclear oxo/hydroxo clusters comprised of three Fe centers and a redox-inactive metal (M) of various charge is reported. Crystallographic studies show an unprecedented Fe3M(μ4-O)(μ2-OH) core that remains intact upon changing M or the oxidation state of iron. Electrochemical studies reveal that the reduction potentials (E1/2) span a window(More)
Transient hydride ligands bridging two or more iron centers purportedly accumulate on the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMoco) of nitrogenase, and their role in the reduction of N2 to NH3 is unknown. One role of these ligands may be to facilitate N2 coordination at an iron site of FeMoco. Herein, we consider this hypothesis and describe the preparation of a(More)
Biological N2 fixation to NH3 may proceed at one or more Fe sites in the active-site cofactors of nitrogenases. Modeling individual e(-)/H(+) transfer steps of iron-ligated N2 in well-defined synthetic systems is hence of much interest but remains a significant challenge. While iron complexes have been recently discovered that catalyze the formation of NH3(More)
The reduction of nitrogen (N2) to ammonia (NH3) is a requisite transformation for life. Although it is widely appreciated that the iron-rich cofactors of nitrogenase enzymes facilitate this transformation, how they do so remains poorly understood. A central element of debate has been the exact site or sites of N2 coordination and reduction. In synthetic(More)
Transient hydride ligands bridging two or more iron centers purportedly accumulate on the iron−molybdenum cofactor (FeMoco) of nitrogenase, and their role in the reduction of N2 to NH3 is unknown. One role of these ligands may be to facilitate N2 coordination at an iron site of FeMoco. Herein, we consider this hypothesis and describe the preparation of a(More)
The CAAC [CAAC=cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene] family of carbene ligands have shown promise in stabilizing unusually low-coordination number transition-metal complexes in low formal oxidation states. Here we extend this narrative by demonstrating their utility in affording access to the first examples of two-coordinate formal Fe(0) and Co(0) [(CAAC)2M](More)
Fe-mediated biological nitrogen fixation is thought to proceed via either a sequence of proton and electron transfer steps, concerted H atom transfer steps, or some combination thereof. Regardless of the specifics and whether the intimate mechanism for N2-to-NH3 conversion involves a distal pathway, an alternating pathway, or some hybrid of these limiting(More)
The ability of certain transition metals to mediate the reduction of N2 to NH3 has attracted broad interest in the biological and inorganic chemistry communities. Early transition metals such as Mo and W readily bind N2 and mediate its protonation at one or more N atoms to furnish M(N(x)H(y)) species that can be characterized and, in turn, extrude NH3. By(More)
We report here a series of four- and five-coordinate Fe model complexes that feature an axial tri(silyl)methyl ligand positioned trans to a substrate-binding site. This arrangement is used to crudely model a single-belt Fe site of the FeMo-cofactor that might bind N2 at a position trans to the interstitial C atom. Reduction of a trigonal pyramidal Fe(I)(More)
Nitrogenase enzymes mediate the six-electron reductive cleavage of cyanide to CH4 and NH3 . Herein we demonstrate for the first time the liberation of CH4 and NH3 from a well-defined iron cyanide coordination complex, [SiP(iPr) 3 ]Fe(CN) (where [SiP(iPr) 3 ] represents a tris(phosphine)silyl ligand), on exposure to proton and electron equivalents. [SiP(iPr)(More)