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Self-assembly generation, structural features, and oxidation catalytic properties of new aqua-soluble copper(II)-aminoalcohol derivatives

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Self-assembly reactions of copper(II) nitrate with aminoalcohols {bis(2-hydroxyethyl)amino-tris(hydroxymethyl)methane (H5bis-tris) or 1,3-bis(tris(hydroxymethyl)methylamino)propane (H6bis-tris-propane)} as main N,O-building blocks, and isonicotinic acid (Hinic) or sodium azide (NaN3) as ancillary ligand sources resulted in two new copper(II) compounds [{Cu(H4.5bis-tris)(inic)}2](NO3)·2H2O (1) and [Cu(H5bis-tris-propane)(N3)]·2H2O (2). The obtained products were isolated as stable microcrystalline solids and fully characterized including by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, which disclosed the six-coordinate copper(II) centers with distorted octahedral {CuN2O4} or {CuN3O3} environments. The structures of 1 and 2 feature the formation of complex 3D H-bonded networks that were topologically classified as cbs-3,4-Cmmm-2 and sxd underlying nets, respectively. Both compounds 1 and 2 are soluble in water (S25 °C ≈ 6–12 mg mL−1) and act as efficient homogeneous catalysts for the mild and acid-promoter-free oxidation, by aqueous hydrogen peroxide, of C5–C8 cycloalkanes (cyclopentane, cyclohexane, cycloheptane, and cyclooctane) to give the corresponding cyclic alcohols and ketones. The influence of various reaction parameters (time, solvent composition, loading of substrate, oxidant, and catalyst, presence of a radical trap), bond- and regioselectivity features, and substrate scope were investigated and discussed in detail. A notable feature of the present catalysts concerns their high activity without the requirement for any promoter or co-catalyst, resulting in up to 46% total product yields based on cycloalkane.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly generation, structural features, and oxidation catalytic properties of new aqua-soluble copper(ii)-aminoalcohol derivatives

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The article was received on 03 Dec 2016, accepted on 24 Mar 2017 and first published on 28 Mar 2017


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00553E
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017,4, 968-977
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    Self-assembly generation, structural features, and oxidation catalytic properties of new aqua-soluble copper(II)-aminoalcohol derivatives

    M. V. Kirillova, C. I. M. Santos, V. André, T. A. Fernandes, S. S. P. Dias and A. M. Kirillov, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 968
    DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00553E

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