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Dicopper μ‑Oxo, μ‑Nitrosyl Complex from the Activation of NO or Nitrite at a Dicopper Center

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posted on 2019-06-20, 00:00 authored by Wenjie Tao, Jamey K. Bower, Curtis E. Moore, Shiyu Zhang
Treatment of a dicopper­(I,I) complex with nitric oxide produces a dicopper μ-oxo, μ-nitrosyl complex [LCu2(μ-O)­(μ-NO)]2+, representing the first structurally characterized μ-oxo, μ-nitrosyl metal complex. This compound can also be synthesized from the reaction of nitrite with an [LCuIICuI]3+ synthon. Full characterization of the thermal-sensitive [LCu2­(μ-O)­(μ-NO)]2+ complex with IR, EPR, and X-ray crystallography suggests a localized mixed-valent CuIII, CuII, O2–, NO formulation. The [Cu2(μ-O)­(μ-NO)]2+ core efficiently oxidizes exogenous substrates, such as phosphine, cyclohexadienes, and isochroman to afford phosphine oxide, benzene, and 1-isochromanone. Since both nitrite and nitric oxide are proposed oxidants in denitrifying methane oxidation, the oxidative reactivity of [Cu2(μ-O)­(μ-NO)]2+ core is potentially relevant to anaerobic methane oxidation observed in methanotrophic archaea.