JOURNAL OF COORDINATION CHEMISTRY, vol.71, no.15, pp.2293-2303, 2018 (SCI-Expanded)
A novel manganese compound, [Mn-2((1,3)-6-CH3-2-NH2C6H4COO)(2)(bipy)(4)](ClO4)(2) (bipy=2,2-bipyridine), was synthesized and used as a catalyst precursor in the oxidation of alkenes and primary alcohols to corresponding aldehydes, ketones, and acids. The six-coordinate compound has a binuclear structure in which two Mn(II) ions adopt a syn-anti (1,3)-bridging mode with two carboxylate groups and two chelated bipy ligands. The compound exhibits good activity in the oxidation of cyclohexene to 2-cyclohexene-1-one as the major product (93% conv. in 3h, 79.3% selectivity) and of cinnamyl alcohol to cinnamaldehyde as the major product with 46% selectivity (100% conv. in 1.5h) with tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) in acetonitrile at 70 degrees C. Furthermore, the catalase-like activity of the compound was studied in different solvents (acetonitrile, methanol, Tris-HCl buffer; TOF=29,910h(-1) in Tris-HCl buffer).