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Keywords:

  • bioinspired catalysis;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogen peroxide;
  • iron;
  • C[BOND]H oxidation
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Many are called but few are chosen: A nonheme iron complex catalyzes the oxidation of alkyl C[BOND]H bonds by using H2O2 as the oxidant, showing an enhanced selectivity for secondary over tertiary C[BOND]H bonds (see scheme).