Do-it-yourself oxidation: The RhIII complex 1 undergoes a self-oxidative coupling process, in which the phenolate oxygen atom serves as the oxidant, to give 2 and the hydride complex 3 (2:3 = 1:3). This reaction involves cleavage of a strong aryl-oxygen bond. X-ray analysis of 2 reveals that the two quinonoid C=O bonds are n2-coordinated to the metal centers.
- C-O activation
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