Ruthenium catalysed oxidation of alkanes with alkylhydroperoxides

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1407
Journal / PublicationJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


The cis-[RuII(L)2(OH2)2] 2+ complexes (L = substituted 2,2′-bipyridines or 1,10-phenanthrolines) catalyse oxidation of saturated hydrocarbons to alcohols and ketones by t-butylhydroperoxide; the low values of kinetic isotope effect (kH/kD = 3.5 for cyclohexane) and tertiary of secondary C-H bond relative reactivities (ktert/ksec ca. 6.5 for adamantane) are in a range expected for hydrogen atom abstraction by radical species.