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Dalton Trans. 2005 Mar 7;(5):945-55. Epub 2005 Feb 4.

Synthesis of iron(II), manganese(II) cobalt(II) and ruthenium(II) complexes containing tridentate nitrogen ligands and their application in the catalytic oxidation of alkanes.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, UKSW7 2AY.


A series of Fe(II), Mn(II), Co(II) and Ru(II) complexes containing bis(imino)pyridine or bis(amino)pyridine ligands and weakly coordinating triflate (OTf-) or non-coordinating SbF6- anions have been prepared. The complexes have been fully characterized including several solid-state structure analyses. Two unusual mono-chelate six-coordinate bis(imino)pyridine Fe(II) and Mn(II) complexes have been observed. The catalytic properties of the complexes for the oxidation of cyclohexane with H2O2 have been evaluated. Only the Fe(II) complexes have shown catalytic activity, which is mainly due to Fenton-type free radical auto-oxidation.

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