Oxidative dehydrogenation of an amine group of a macrocyclic ligand in the coordination sphere of a Cu II complex

Gemma J. Christian, Arnau Arbuse, Xavier Fontrodona, Ma Angeles Martinez, Antoni Llobet, Feliu Maseras

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Abstract

The spontaneous oxidation of an amine group to an imine has been observed experimentally in an octa-aza macrocyclic dinucleating ligand LH 4 coordinated to Cu II . The reaction is bimolecular and spontaneous in which amine groups of one macrocycle are oxidised and the Cu II centres of a second macrocyclic complex are reduced. No additional oxidating or external base agents are required. DFT calculations are carried out to compare the reaction with that recently reported for a ligand coordinated to an Fe III centre, but which requires an external base as proton acceptor. The computational results show that the copper and iron catalysed amine to imine reactions proceed via different mechanisms. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6013-6020
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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