Oxidation of cyclohexane with hydrogen peroxide catalysed by copper(II) complexes containing N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-β-alanineamide ligands

Takashi Okuno, Shigeru Ohba, Yuzo Nishida

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In the presence of hydrogen peroxide, a mononuclear copper(II) complex, [Cu(bdpg)Cl]Cl [where (bdpg) represents N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-β-alanine-amide] exhibits a much higher activity for the oxygenation of cyclohexane than other analogs. Crystal structure determinations and spectroscopic data indicate that the amide group in the (bdpg) ligand, which can interact with a hydroperoxide-ion η1-bonded to copper(II) plays an important role in activation of hydrogen peroxide, leading to the facile oxygenation of cyclohexane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3765-3774
Number of pages10
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1



  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Monomeric copper(II) complex
  • Oxygenation by copper(II) complex
  • Oxygenation of cyclohexane
  • Tripodal-ligands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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