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Keywords:

  • high-valent species;
  • iron;
  • kinetics;
  • oxo ligands;
  • push effect
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A pushy Lewis base: Previously unobserved non-heme FeIV[DOUBLE BOND]O intermediates can be trapped in the decay of FeIIIOOR species by the addition of Lewis bases (represented by the green sphere) that promote O[BOND]O bond homolysis (see picture; Fe purple, O red).