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Julien Morlot, Nicolas Uyttebroeck, Dr. Dominique Agustin and Prof. Rinaldo Poli Solvent-Free Epoxidation of Olefins Catalyzed by “[MoO2(SAP)]”: A New Mode of tert-Butylhydroperoxide Activation ChemCatChem 5

Version of Record online: 13 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200068

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A Bartlett ballet: [MoO2L]2 complexes (L=SAP, SAE, SAMP) are active and selective precatalysts for the epoxidation of cyclooctene using tert-butylhydroperoxide (TBHP) in water as oxidant and no extra solvent. According to the DFT study; the TBHP oxidant coordinates 5-coordinate “[MoO2(SAP)]” as a neutral molecule; the way in which this transfers the O atom to the external olefin is reminiscent of Bartlett's epoxidation by peroxyacids.

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