Catecholase and phenoxazinone synthase activities of a ferromagnetically coupled tetranuclear Cu(II) complex
A crystallographically characterized tetranuclear Cu(II) complex [CuII4(L)4] (1) [H2L = N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methoxysalicylaldimine] is found to show overall ferromagnetic exchange coupling. Complex (1) mimics the catalytic activity of the plant enzyme catechol oxidase by oxidising 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol to its corresponding quinone in methanol and dichloromethane medium in the presence of aerial oxygen. The reaction follows Michaelis–Menten enzymatic reaction kinetics with turnover numbers (Kcat) 6.99 × 103 and 1.85 × 103 h−1 in methanol and dichloromethane, respectively. 1 is also phenoxazinone synthase active in methanol medium with a turnover number of 1.21 × 105 h−1.