Bubbling O2 into a THF solution of CoII(BDPP) (1) at -90 °C generates an O2 adduct, Co(BDPP)(O2) (3). The resonance Raman and EPR investigations reveal that 3 contains a low spin cobalt(III) ion bound to a superoxo ligand. Significantly, at -90 °C, 3 can react with 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-hydroxypiperidine (TEMPOH) to form a structurally characterized cobalt(III)-hydroperoxo complex, CoIII(BDPP)(OOH) (4) and TEMPO•. Our findings show that cobalt(III)-superoxo species are capable of performing hydrogen atom abstraction processes. Such a stepwise O2-activating process helps to rationalize cobalt-catalyzed aerobic oxidations and sheds light on the possible mechanism of action for Co-bleomycin.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry