Oxybromination of aromatic compounds by high-valent metal-oxo intermediates has yet to be explored despite extensive studies on the oxybromination of aliphatic C-H bonds of hydrocarbons. Herein, we report the regioselective oxybromination of methoxy-substituted benzenes by a nonheme MnIV-oxo complex binding scandium ions, [(Bn-TPEN)MnIV(O)]2+-(Sc(OTf)3)2 (1), in the presence of tetrabutylammonium bromide. The regioselective oxybromination occurs at the carbon atom with the highest positive charge via electron transfer (ET) from the methoxy-substituted benzenes to 1. ET driving force dependence of the rate constants of ET from methoxy-substituted benzenes to 1 is well fitted in light of the Marcus theory of ET. Under photoirradiation, the oxybromination of benzene by 1 can be achieved via ET from benzene to the photoexcited state of 1, although no reaction occurs between benzene and the ground state of 1 in the dark. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of reporting the stoichiometric regioselective oxybromination of the benzene ring by a synthetic high-valent Mn(IV)-oxo complex and the catalytic regioselective oxybromination reaction with a Mn(II) complex and a terminal oxidant.
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This work was supported by the NRF of Korea through CRI (NRF-2012R1A3A2048842 to W.N.), GRL (NRF-2010-00353 to W.N.), and Basic Science Research Program (2017R1D1A1B03029982 to Y.-M.L. and 2017R1D1A1B03032615 to S.F.).
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