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Oxidation Catalysis by Transition Metal Complexes

  1. Robert H. Crabtree

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia173

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Crabtree, R. H. 2006. Oxidation Catalysis by Transition Metal Complexes. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


Oxidation catalysis is reviewed with emphasis on radical versus nonradical pathways, autoxidation, and mechanistic studies. Bioinorganic model catalysts are discussed, including the distinction between monooxygenase and dioxygenase pathways. Some organic synthetic applications as well as applications to green chemistry are discussed. Finally some organometallic oxidation catalysts are discussed.


  • epoxidation;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • hydroxylation;
  • peroxides;
  • oxygen