High-valent iron(IV)-oxo complexes of heme and non-heme ligands in oxygenation reactions

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High-valent iron(IV)-oxo species have been implicated as the key reactive intermediates in the catalytic cycles of dioxygen activation by heme and non-heme iron enzymes. Our understanding of the enzymatic reactions has improved greatly via investigation of spectroscopic and chemical properties of heme and non-heme iron(IV)-oxo complexes. In this Account, reactivities of synthetic iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radicals and mononuclear non-heme iron(IV)-oxo complexes in oxygenation reactions have been discussed as chemical models of cytochrome P450 and non-heme iron enzymes. These results demonstrate how mechanistic developments in biomimetic research can help our understanding of dioxygen activation and oxygen atom transfer reactions in nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-531
Number of pages10
JournalAccounts of Chemical Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007


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