Title Mechanism of the $Cu^{II}$-catalyzed benzylic oxygenation of (aryl)(heteroaryl)methanes with oxygenMechanism of the $Cu^{II}$-catalyzed benzylic oxygenation of (aryl)(heteroaryl)methanes with oxygen Author Sterckx, Hans De Houwer, Johan Mensch, Carl Caretti, Ignacio Abbaspour Tehrani, Kourosch Herrebout, Wouter A. Van Doorslaer, Sabine Maes, Bert U.W. Faculty/Department Faculty of Sciences. Chemistry Faculty of Sciences. Physics Research group Biophysics and Biomedical Physics Organic synthesis Molecular Spectroscopy Publication type article Publication 2016Cambridge :Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016 Subject Physics Chemistry Source (journal) Chemical science. - Cambridge, 2010, currens Volume/pages 7(2016):1, p. 346-357 ISSN 2041-6520 ISI 000366826900040 Carrier E Target language English (eng) Full text (Publishers DOI) Affiliation University of Antwerp Abstract A mechanistic study of the copper-catalyzed oxidation of the methylene group of aryl(di) azinylmethanes was performed. Initial reaction rates were measured making use of in situ IR reaction monitoring and a kinetic analysis of the reaction was executed. The reaction proved to be first order in oxygen concentration. For substrate and acid concentration, saturation kinetics due to O-2 mass transfer limitation were observed. The occurrence of mass transfer limitation was further confirmed by examining the effect of the stirring rate on the initial reaction rate. Interestingly, the effect of the concentration of the catalyst on the rate shows that higher loadings result in a maximal initial rate, followed initially by a steady decrease and subsequently a rate plateau when the concentration is increased further. Mass transfer limitation and increased concentration of dinuclear catalytically active species rationalizes this hitherto unprecedented rate behavior. Continuous-wave and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance methods were used to characterize the catalytic species present in the solution during the reaction and confirmed the presence of both mono- and dinuclear copper species. Analysis of a diverse substrate scope points towards imine-enamine tautomerization as a crucial process in the oxidation reaction. DFT calculations of these equilibrium constants (pK(eq)) provided us with a qualitative tool to predict whether or not a substrate is viable for oxidation under the reaction conditions developed. E-info http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000366826900040&DestLinkType=RelatedRecords&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=ef845e08c439e550330acc77c7d2d848 http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000366826900040&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=ef845e08c439e550330acc77c7d2d848 http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000366826900040&DestLinkType=CitingArticles&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=ef845e08c439e550330acc77c7d2d848 Full text (open access) https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/512a0d/131057.pdf Handle