Cobalt porphyrin-catalyzed alkane oxidations using dioxygen as oxidant

Hui Tang, Chengyu Shen, Minren Lin, Ayusman Sen

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109-1111
Number of pages3
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
StatePublished - Apr 30 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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