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Keywords:

  • bioinorganic chemistry;
  • enzyme models;
  • high-valent compounds;
  • iron;
  • nonheme iron complexes

Abstract

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High versus low: The high-yield generation of a synthetic high-spin oxoiron(IV) complex, [FeIV(O)(TMG3tren)]2+ (see picture, TMG3tren = 1,1,1-tris{2-[N2-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidino)]ethyl}amine), has been achieved by using the very bulky tetradentate TMG3tren ligand, in order to both sterically protect the oxoiron(IV) moiety and enforce a trigonal bipyramidal geometry at the iron center, for which an S=2 ground state is favored.