Ensemble Effects on Allylic Oxidation within Explicit Solvation Environments

Hung M Le, Mariano Guagliardo, Aurora Clark, Anne Gorden

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Umbrella-sampling density functional theory molecular dynamics (DFT-MD) has been employed to study the full catalytic cycle of the allylic oxidation of cyclohexene using a Cu(II) 7-amino-6-((2-hydroxybenzylidene)amino)quinoxalin-2-ol complex in acetonitrile to create cyclohexenone and H2O as products. After the initial H-atom abstraction step, two different reaction pathways have been identified that are distinguished by the participation of alkyl hydroperoxide (referred to as the “open” cycle) versus the methanol side-product (referred to as the “closed” cycle) within the catalyst recovery process. Importantly, both pathways involve dehydrogenation and re-hydrogenation of the –NH2 group bound to the Cu-site – a feature that is revealed from the ensemble sampling of configurations of the reactive species that are stabilized within the explicit solvent environment of the simulation. Estimation of the energy span from the experimental turnover frequency yiel
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9259-9268
JournalDalton Transactions
StatePublished - Jun 7 2021


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