Oxidation of hydroquinones by a (salen)ruthenium(VI) nitrido complex

Jianhui Xie, Po Kam Lo, William W.Y. Lam, Wai Lun Man, Li Ma, Shek Man Yiu, Kai Chung Lau*, Tai Chu Lau*

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Hydroquinone is readily oxidized by a (salen)ruthenium(vi) nitrido complex in the presence of pyridine to give benzoquinone. Experimental and computational studies suggest that the reaction occurs via a novel mechanism that involves an initial electrophilic attack at the aromatic ring of the hydroquinone by the nitrido ligand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11430-11433
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number76
Early online date19 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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