Michael M Konnick

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Direct partial oxidation of methane, ethane, and propane to their respective trifluoroacetate esters is achieved by a homogeneous hypervalent iodine(III) complex in non-superacidic (trifluoroacetic acid) solvent. The reaction is highly selective for ester formation (>99%). In the case of ethane, greater than 0.5 M EtTFA can be achieved. Preliminary kinetic(More)
Much of the recent research on homogeneous alkane oxidation has focused on the use of transition metal catalysts. Here, we report that the electrophilic main-group cations thallium(III) and lead(IV) stoichiometrically oxidize methane, ethane, and propane, separately or as a one-pot mixture, to corresponding alcohol esters in trifluoroacetic acid solvent.(More)
An eta2-peroxopalladium(II) complex, derived from dioxygen addition to Pd(IMes)2 (IMes = bis-1,3-di(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazoline-2-ylidene), has been isolated and characterized. Subsequent addition of HOAc to (IMes)2Pd(O2) yields the first example of a hydroperoxopalladium species derived from molecular oxygen. The characterization and reactivity(More)
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