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Cp* Iridium Complexes Give Catalytic Alkane Hydroxylation with Retention of Stereochemistry

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posted on 15.09.2010 by Meng Zhou, Nathan D. Schley, Robert H. Crabtree
A series of Cp*Ir complexes can catalyze C−H oxidation, with ceric ammonium nitrate as the terminal oxidant and water as the source of oxygen. Remarkably the hydroxylation of cis-decalin and 1,4-dimethylcyclohexane proceeds with retention of stereochemistry. With H2O18, cis-decalin oxidation gave 18O incorporation into the product cis-decalol.