Angewandte Chemie International Edition

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Editor: Neville Compton; Editor Emeritus: Peter Gölitz

Online ISSN: 1521-3773

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemPhotoChem, ChemPlusChem, Zeitschrift für Chemie

52_20b/2013Back Cover: Catalytic Phenol Hydroxylation with Dioxygen: Extension of the Tyrosinase Mechanism beyond the Protein Matrix (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 20/2013)

Translating the catalytic mechanism of an enzyme to a synthetic complex is a challenging endeavor. In their Communication on page 5398 ff., S. Herres-Pawlis, T. D. P. Stack, and co-workers present a complex capable of the efficient catalytic oxidation of phenols to quinones by using dioxygen. The mechanism of the synthetic system is similar to that of tyrosinase, yet the substrate scope extends beyond that of the enzyme. Thus this work fulfills a goal of bioinspired chemistry.

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