Cerium(IV)-Driven Water Oxidation Catalyzed by a Manganese(V)-Nitrido Complex

Li Ma, Qian Wang, Wai-Lun Man, Hoi-Ki Kwong, Chi-Chiu Ko, Tai-Chu Lau

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The study of manganese complexes as water-oxidation catalysts (WOCs) is of great interest because they can serve as models for the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II. In most of the reported Mn-based WOCs, manganese exists in the oxidation states III or IV, and the catalysts generally give low turnovers, especially with one-electron oxidants such as CeIV. Now, a different class of Mn-based catalysts, namely manganese(V)–nitrido complexes, were explored. The complex [MnV(N)(CN)4]2− turned out to be an active homogeneous WOC using (NH4)2[Ce(NO3)6] as the terminal oxidant, with a turnover number of higher than 180 and a maximum turnover frequency of 6 min−1. The study suggests that active WOCs may be constructed based on the MnV(N) platform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5246-5249
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie. International Edition
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


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