Earlier work revealed that metal-superoxo species primarily function as radicals and/or electrophiles. Herein, we present ambiphilicity of a MnIII-superoxo complex revealed by its proton- A nd metal-coupled electron-transfer processes. Specifically, a MnIV-hydroperoxo intermediate, [Mn(BDPBrP)(OOH)]+ (1, H2BDPBrP = 2,6-bis((2-(S)-di(4-bromo)phenylhydroxylmethyl-1-pyrrolidinyl)methyl)pyridine) was generated by treatment of a MnIII-superoxo complex, Mn(BDPBrP)(O2â¢) (2) with trifluoroacetic acid at-120 °C. Detailed insights into the electronic structure of 1 are obtained using resonance Raman and multi-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies coupled with density functional theory calculations. Similarly, the reaction of 2 with scandium(III) triflate was shown to give a Mn(IV)/Sc(III) bridging peroxo species, [Mn(BDPBrP)(OO)Sc(OTf)n](3-n)+ (4). Furthermore, it is found that deprotonation of 1 quantitatively regenerates 2, and that one-electron oxidation of the corresponding MnIII-hydroperoxo species, Mn(BDPBrP)(OOH) (3), also yields 1.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry