Oxidative properties of a nonheme Ni(II)(O-2) complex: Reactivity patterns for C-H activation, aromatic hydroxylation and heteroatom oxidation

Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocenter and School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, 131 Princess Street, Manchester M1 7DN, UK.
Chemical Communications (Impact Factor: 6.83). 09/2011; 47(38):10674-6. DOI: 10.1039/c1cc13993b
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Density functional theory calculations on the reactivity of a Ni(II)-superoxo complex in C-H bond activation, aromatic hydroxylation and heteroatom oxidation reactions have been explored; the Ni(II)-superoxo complex is able to react with substrates with weak C-H bonds and PPh(3).

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