Reactions of [ZnR2(L)] Complexes with Dioxygen: A New Look at an Old Problem


  • This work was supported by the State Committee for Scientific Research (Grant No. 3 T09B 037 28).


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OR or OOR? The oxygenation of ZntBu2 in the presence of donor ligands demonstrates the tendency of zinc dialkyls to undergo oxidation of only one Zn[BOND]C bond under controlled conditions (see scheme). The formation of alkoxide or peroxide species is influenced by the type of donor ligand employed, and these divergent pathways offer a glimpse into the general mechanism of dioxygen activation.