The synthesis of salen ligands bearing two rigid dibenzofuran spacers functionalized with carboxylic acid and benzoic acid groups completes a series of “Hangman” ligands with the acid functionalities differentially extended across the molecular cleft. Stopped-flow studies show that a high-valent metal oxo intermediate is produced at Hangman platforms when H2O2 is employed as a primary oxidant. The activity of this oxo species in promoting the disproportionation of hydrogen peroxide and olefin epoxidations is discussed in the context of the distance between the acid group and the metal center. The chemistry of the Hangman oxo complexes described here provides a roadmap for water-splitting chemistry.
If you can't find a tool you're looking for, please click the link at the top of the page to "Go to old article view". Alternatively, view our Knowledge Base articles for additional help. Your feedback is important to us, so please let us know if you have comments or ideas for improvement.