Mononuclear copper complex-catalyzed four-electron reduction of oxygen

Shunichi Fukuzumi, Hiroaki Kotani, Heather R. Lucas, Kaoru Doi, Tomoyoshi Suenobu, Ryan L. Peterson, Kenneth D. Karlin

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A mononuclear CuII complex acts as an efficient catalyst for four-electron reduction of O2 to H2O. Its reduction by a ferrocene derivative (Fc*) and reaction with O2 leads to the formation of a peroxodicopper(II) complex; this is subsequently reduced by Fc*in the presence of protons to regenerate the CuII complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6874-6875
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number20
StatePublished - 26 May 2010


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