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Aerobic Catechol Oxidation Catalyzed by a Bis(μ-oxo)dimanganese(III,III) Complex via a Manganese(II)−Semiquinonate Complex

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posted on 16.05.2005, 00:00 by Yutaka Hitomi, Akira Ando, Hajime Matsui, Tomoyuki Ito, Tsunehiro Tanaka, Seiji Ogo, Takuzo Funabiki
A 3,5-di-tert-butyl-1,2-semiquinonato (DTBSQ) adduct of Mn(II) was prepared by a reaction between MnII(TPA)Cl2 (TPA = tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)amine) and DTBSQ anion and was isolated as a tetraphenylborate salt. The X-ray crystal structure revealed that the complex is formulated as a manganese(II)−semiquinonate complex [MnII(TPA)(DTBSQ)]+ (1). The electronic spectra in solution also indicated the semiquinonate coordination to Mn. The exposure of 1 in acetonitrile to dioxygen afforded 3,5-di-tert-butyl-1,2-benzoquione and a bis(μ-oxo)dimanganese(III,III) complex [MnIII2(μ-oxo)2(TPA)2]2+ (2). The reaction of 2 with 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol (DTBCH2) quantitatively afforded two equivalents of 1 under anaerobic conditions. The highly efficient catalytic oxidation of DTBCH2 with dioxygen was achieved by combining the above two reactions, that is, by constructing a catalytic cycle involving both manganese complexes 1 and 2. It was revealed that dioxygen is reduced to water but not to hydrogen peroxide in the catalytic cycle.