The rebound mechanism for alkane hydroxylation was invoked over 40 years ago to help explain reactivity patterns in cytochrome P450, and subsequently has been used to provide insight into a range of biological and synthetic systems. Efforts to model the rebound reaction in a synthetic system have been unsuccessful, in part because of the challenge in preparing a suitable metalhydroxide complex at the correct oxidation level. Herein we report the synthesis of such a complex. The reaction of this species with a series of substituted radicals allows for the direct interrogation of the rebound process, providing insight into this uniformly invoked, but previously unobserved process.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry