Carbon-hydrogen bond activation of arenes and alkylarenes by electron transfer followed by oxygen transfer catalyzed by vanadium substituted polyoxometalates - A comparative study of the reactivity of different polyoxometalate compounds

Alexander M. Khenkin, Ronny Neumann

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The reactivity of various vanadium-substituted polyoxometalates with different structures and oxidation potentials was compared for the electron transfer-oxygen transfer oxidation of anthracene and dihydroanthracene as model substrates. Electron transfer initiates the C-H bond activation. Analysis of reactivity via an outer sphere electron transfer model demonstrates that in addition to the oxidation potential, the polyoxometalate structure and charge are important parameters in the electron transfer reaction. A further comparative study for electron transfer and oxygen transfer reactivity showed that the eventual formation of the oxygenated product, although initiated by electron transfer was dependent on other factors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18919
Pages (from-to)134-138
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2015



  • C-H bond activation
  • Electron transfer
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Oxidation
  • Polyoxometalates
  • Vanadium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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