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Oxygen activation by copper camphor complexes

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Cleavage of the carboximide CN bond promoted by reaction of camphor carboximide hydrochlorides (OC10H15CONHCH2COOLi(H2O)2·2HCl (2) or OC10H15CONHCH(CH2Ph)COOLi(H2O)·HCl (3)) with CuCl2 leads to the corresponding amino acid complexes ([Cu(H2NCH2COO)2] (I) and [Cu{H2NCH(CH2Ph)COO}2]·(H2O) (II)), and the camphor carboxylate residue (OC10H15COO) which is catalytically oxidized to camphorquinone by oxygen from air. The process is mediated by coordination of the camphor carboxylate to copper. The reaction of the camphor carboximide hydrochloride (OC10H15CONH(CH2)2COOLi(H2O)·HCl) (4) with CuCl2 follows a different trend. In this case the CN camphor carboximide bond remains intact and the complexes [CuCl{OC10H15CONH(CH2)2COOLi(H2O)}] (III) and [{CuCl2}2{OC10H15CONH(CH2)2COOLi(H2O)}] (IV) form. However, a redox process also occurs, since formation of III requires Cu(II) → Cu(I) reduction as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. A related reduction process was identified in the formation of [CuCl(OC10H15COOLi)] (V) from CuCl2 upon reaction with lithium camphor carboxylate (OC10H15COOLi) under nitrogen. The above results show that electron transfer is highly facilitated in the copper camphor carboximide/carboxylate system. Such an ability was used to activate oxygen from air and promote the oxidation of ethylacetoacetate to pyruvate using V as the catalyst.

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The article was received on 28 Apr 2015, accepted on 13 Sep 2015 and first published on 23 Sep 2015

Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00064E
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015,2, 1019-1028
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    Oxygen activation by copper camphor complexes

    A. P. S. Roseiro, P. Adão, A. M. Galvão, J. Costa Pessoa, A. M. Botelho do Rego and M. F. N. N. Carvalho, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015, 2, 1019
    DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00064E

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