Kinetics of oxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons and tetrahydrofuran by trans-dioxoruthenium(VI) complexes

Chi Ming Che, Wai Tong Tang, Kwok Yin Wong, Chi Keung Li

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The kinetics of oxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons and tetrahydrofuran by trans-[RuVILO2]2+ {L = 2 bipy(bipy = 2,2′-bipyridine), L1 = 6,7,14,15,16,17,18,19-octahydro-14,18-dimethyl-13H-dibenzo[e,n][1,4,8,12] dioxadiazacyclopentadecine, L2 = N,N′-dimethyl-N,N′-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)propylenediamine and L3 = meso-2,3,7,11,12-pentamethyl-3,7,11,17-tetraazabicyclo[11.3.1]heptadeca-1(17), 13,15-triene} has been studied. In acetonitrile the second-order rate constants follow the order: toluene < ethylbenzene < cumene. The kinetic isotope effects for the oxidation of ethylbenzene by trans-[RuLO2]2+ (L = L1 or L2) are 16 and 12:1 respectively. In the oxidation of tetrahydrofuran by trans-[RuL1O2]2+, k2 was found to be 0.170 mol-1 dm3s-1 at 298 K with a measured kinetic isotope effect of 20:1. A linear correlation between log(rate constant) and E°(RuVI-RuIV) for the oxidation of tetrahydrofuran has been observed. The activation parameters for the oxidation reactions have also been determined. A hydrogen-atom abstraction mechanism is suggested for the oxidation of C-H bonds by trans-dioxoruthenium(VI) complexes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3277-3280
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

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