Modeling the syn disposition of nitrogen donors at the active sites of carboxylate-bridged diiron enzymes. Enforcing dinuclearity and kinetic stability with a 1,2-diethynylbenzene-based ligand.


The syn coordination of histidine residues at the active sites of several carboxylate-rich non-heme diiron enzymes has been difficult to reproduce with small molecule model compounds. In this study, ligands derived from 1,8-naphthyridine, phthalazine, and 1,2-diethynylbenzene were employed to mimic this geometric feature. The preassembled diiron(II) complex… (More)