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Isolation and Characterization of a Trinuclear Cobalt Complex Containing Trigonal-Prismatic Cobalt in Secondary Alcohol Aerobic Oxidation

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posted on 2014-04-14, 00:00 authored by I. Karthikeyan, S. K. Alamsetti, G. Sekar
An unusual trinuclear cobalt complex was successfully isolated and characterized in the Co­(OAc)2·4H2O-catalyzed aerobic oxidation of pyridine-based secondary alcohols. In this complex, a cobalt ion (the one in the middle, labeled Co2) has a novel trigonal-prismatic structure coordinated with six oxygen atoms from the substrate. The molecular oxygen present in air plays a major role in enabling this transformation to be catalytic. This aerobic catalytic reaction is very selective to pyridine-based secondary alcohols over primary alcohols.