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Keywords:

  • 9-hydroxyphenalenone;
  • catechol oxidase;
  • hydroxyl radical;
  • manganese;
  • zero order
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Stand aside, potatoes! A mononuclear manganese(III) complex [MnIII(L)2(OAc)(AcOH)] (1) exhibits catechol oxidation in the presence of molecular oxygen by generation of a hydroxyl radical with a turnover number of the same order as that of catechol oxidase from sweet potatoes.