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Highly enantioselective epoxidation of α-substituted styrenes with aqueous H2 O2 is described by using a chiral iron complex as the catalyst and N-protected amino acids (AAs) as coligands. The amino acids synergistically cooperate with the iron center in promoting an efficient activation of H2 O2 to catalyze epoxidation of this challenging class of(More)
Bulky iron complexes are described that catalyze the site-selective oxidation of alkyl C-H bonds with hydrogen peroxide under mild conditions. Steric bulk at the iron center is introduced by appending trialkylsilyl groups at the meta-position of the pyridines in tetradentate aminopyridine ligands, and this effect translates into high product yields, an(More)
Fast, efficient, and highly stereoselective epoxidation with H2O2 is reached by manganese coordination complexes with e-rich aminopyridine tetradentate ligands. It is shown that the electronic properties of these catalysts vary systematically with the stereoselectivity of the O-atom transfer event and exert fine control over the activation of hydrogen(More)
Differential redox homeostasis in normal and malignant cells suggests that pro-oxidant-induced upregulation of cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) should selectively target cancer cells without compromising the viability of untransformed cells. Consequently, a pro-oxidant deviation well-tolerated by nonmalignant cells might rapidly reach a cell-death(More)
A non-heme iron complex that catalyzes highly enantioselective epoxidation of olefins with H2O2 is described. Improvement of enantiomeric excesses is attained by the use of catalytic amounts of carboxylic acid additives. Electronic effects imposed by the ligand on the iron center are shown to synergistically cooperate with catalytic amounts of carboxylic(More)
The selective oxidation of hydrocarbons is a challenging reaction for synthetic chemists, but common in nature. Iron oxygenases activate the O–O bond of dioxygen to perform oxidation of alkane and alkenes moieties with outstanding levels of regio-, chemo- and stereoselectivity. Along a bioinspired approach, iron coordination complexes which mimic structural(More)
Iron coordination complexes with nitrogen and oxygen donor ligands have long since been known to react with peroxides producing powerful oxidizing species. These compounds can be regarded as simple structural and functional models of the active sites of non-heme iron dependent oxygenases. Research efforts during the last decade have uncovered basic(More)
Herein we show that species generated upon reaction of α-[Fe(CF3SO3)2(BPMCN)] (BPMCN = N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane) with H2O2 (putatively [Fe(V)(O)(OH)(BPMCN)]) is able to efficiently oxidize H2 to H2O even in the presence of organic substrates, while species formed in the presence of acetic acid (putatively(More)
The development of catalysts for the selective oxidation of readily available hydrocarbons or organic precursors into oxygenated products is a long-standing goal in organic synthesis. In the last decade, some iron coordination complexes have shown the potential to fit this role. These catalysts can mimic the O-O activation mode of far more sophisticated(More)
An iron complex with a C1-symmetric tetradentate N-based ligand catalyzes the asymmetric epoxidation of cyclic enones and cyclohexene ketones with aqueous hydrogen peroxide, providing the corresponding epoxides in good to excellent yields and enantioselectivities (up to 99% yield, and 95% ee), under mild conditions and in short reaction times. Evidence is(More)