Rational design of bioinspired iron and manganese catalysts for the effective and selective epoxidation of alkenes and oxidation of alkanes

Clarasó Petit, Carlota
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Metalloenzymes are a fundamental source of inspiration for synthetic chemists. Oxidation metalloenzymes catalyze oxidation reactions with high efficiency under very mild experimental conditions exhibiting exquisite regio- and stereoselectivity. The present dissertation aims at designing efficient and selective bioinspired oxidation catalysts. Looking at the literature there’s a very limited number of aliphatic diamines incorporated as ligand backbones in tetradentate aminopyridine based complexes, which have been revealed as one of the most successful catalysts for these transformations with peroxide type of oxidants. Thus, this thesis is focused on the synthesis of chiral iron and manganese complexes based on novel diamine backbones and employ them as catalysts in the stereoselective epoxidation of olefins and oxidation of C-H bonds by using hydrogen peroxide as oxidant ​
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