European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 2015 Issue 3

Editor: Karen Hindson, Deputy Editor: Preeti Vashi

Impact Factor: 2.965

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 10/45 (Chemistry Inorganic & Nuclear)

Online ISSN: 1099-0682

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemCatChem, Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie

2015_03/2015Mechanistic Insights into Phenol Oxidation by a Copper(II) Complex of a Pyridine- and Amide-Containing Copolymer in an Aqueous Medium (Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 3/2015)

The cover picture shows the two distinct pathways for phenol hydroxylation and oxidation by the copper complex of a copolymer in an aqueous medium, that is, a dinuclear and a mononuclear mechanism with H2O2 and air, respectively, as the oxidation agents. Despite the random sequence and heterogeneity of this copper–copolymer complex, the rates of catalysis achieved are comparable to or better than those of many metal complexes with well-defined structures. This copper–copolymer complex may serve as a blueprint for further design of metallopolymers with various chemical and physical properties by modification of the metal-binding ligands and the side chains. The water splash (1/125 s) and the floating leaves in the background hint the green chemistry nature of the research. Details are discussed in the article by V. Lykourinou and L.-J. Ming on p. 375 ff. For more on the story behind the cover research, see the Cover Profile.

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