In a mixture of trifluoroacetic acid and water, cobalt(II) porphyrin complexes catalyze the oxidation of alkanes by dioxygen. Carbon monoxide is required as a coreductant for the oxidations to proceed. While the turnover rates are slow, the system displays unusual selectivity in that primary C-H bonds are more reactive than the weaker secondary C-H bonds or C-H bonds α to an alcohol functionality. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science S.A.
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