In this paper, we report, for the first time, a plausible full reaction pathway for the activation of O2 by a tetraazamacrocyclic monocopper(I) complex and for the subsequent intramolecular alkylic hydroxylation to yield the alkoxide product. This theoretical insight offers remarkable support to the fundamental hypothesis in the field that a hydroperoxo complex of the type CuIIOOH intermediate is the key intermediate in this class of reactions. Overall, we give insight into an intramolecular alkylic C-H bond activation due to the O2 binding to copper(I) with an end-on 1-O2 ligation. The loss of a water molecule involves the final substrate oxygenation. The complex we consider is a biomimetic of several systems of biological relevance, such as amine oxidases, peptidylglycine-a- hydroxylating monooxygenase, and dopamine-/? monooxygenases.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry