Rapid catalytic oxygenation of hydrocarbons with perhalogenated ruthenium porphyrin complexes

John Taylor Groves, Kirill V. Shalyaev, Marcella Bonchio, Tommaso Carofiglio

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Perhalogenated ruthenium porphyrins were found to be efficient catalysts for the oxygenation of hydrocarbons including secondary alkanes and benzene in the presence of 2,6-dichloropyridine N-oxide under mild conditions in aprotic media. Up to 15,000 turnovers and rates of 800 TO/min were obtained. A mechanism where Ru(III) - Ru(V) intermediates play an important role is proposed and discussed. The search for new methods for the catalytic oxygenation of hydrocarbons is one of the most important directions of modern chemistry [1]. Among the metalloporphyrin-mediated oxidations, ruthenium catalysts display remarkable activity for aerobic oxidations [2] (Fig. 1) and promising reactivity with N2O [3].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-872
Number of pages8
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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