Biomimetic Oxo-Bridged Diiron Oxidation Catalysts Based on New Binucleating Oligopyridyl Ligands

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The development of new catalytic processes for organic transformations has continued to be an area of great interest in the modern chemical sciences. More and more new metal complexes are developed into catalysts and new catalyses that are useful to organic synthesis are discovered. Oxidation of organic substrates, a biologically important reaction, is one of the most useful classes of organic transformations. For this reason, a large number of metal catalysts and model compounds have been developed for the selective organic oxidation. Although successful examples of applying the technology to the real life situation are known, more selective and efficient catalyst is always on demand. Of particular interest is the design of highly robust metal catalysts for applications in green oxidation chemistry. In this project, the researchers will focus on the development of new chiral pyridine-containing ligands for binuclear iron-oxo complexes and to study the application of these metal catalysts in organic oxidation. The new polydentate 2,2'-bipyridine-containing ligands would have a flexible linkage, be robust, and have a strong affinity for metal ions. The researchers aim to prepare the iron complexes of these ligands and to study their catalytic activity in oxidation of organic substrates using hydrogen peroxide as the terminal oxidant.


Project number9041308
Grant typeGRF
Effective start/end date1/10/084/12/12