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Special Issue "Molybdenum-Catalyzed Oxidation Reactions"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organometallic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Agustín Galindo del Pozo

Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Química, Universidad de Sevilla, Aptdo 1203, 41071 Sevilla, Spain
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Interests: Coordination chemistry; Homogeneous catalysis; Green solvents; Oxidation reactions; Molybdenum; Vanadium; Copper; DFT.
Guest Editor
Prof. Francisco J. Montilla Ramos

Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Química, Universidad de Sevilla, Aptdo 1203, 41071 Sevilla, Spain.
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Interests: Coordination chemistry; Homogeneous catalysis; Green solvents; Oxidation reactions; Molybdenum; Vanadium; Copper; DFT.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Homogeneous metal-catalyzed oxidation reactions play an important role in chemistry, and, over the last few decades, there has been an increasing demand for chemoselective, mild, and green processes. This fact has produced remarkable developments in the field and now a large number of metal complexes (based, amongst others, on rhenium, manganese, copper, vanadium, iron, etc., metals) are able to catalyze oxidation reactions of a broad spectrum of organic substrates. The substitution of classic stoichiometric oxidants for catalytic reactions employing more environmentally friendly oxidants (air, molecular oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, etc.) is now a requirement of modern oxidation chemistry. The choice of greener reactants is imposed for sustainable, economic and environmental strategies and thus the selected green oxidant should be compatible with the catalyst. In general, molybdenum complexes fulfill this requirement and their facile preparation, stability and low cost would make them attractive alternatives to less accessible complexes of rarer metals. This Special Issue will compile novel results on the use of molybdenum complexes as catalysts in oxidation reactions (epoxidation, sulfoxidation and others).

Prof. Agustín Galindo del Pozo
Prof. Francisco J. Montilla Ramos
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Molybdenum
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Oxidation
  • Epoxidation
  • Sulfoxidation
  • Green oxidants
  • Green Solvents

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Open AccessArticle A Comparative Study of Molybdenum Carbonyl and Oxomolybdenum Derivatives Bearing 1,2,3-Triazole or 1,2,4-Triazole in Catalytic Olefin Epoxidation
Molecules 2019, 24(1), 105; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24010105
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 23 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
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The molybdenum(0)-carbonyl-triazole complexes [Mo(CO)3(L)3] [L = 1,2,3-triazole (1,2,3-trz) or 1,2,4-triazole (1,2,4-trz)] have been prepared and examined as precursors to molybdenum(VI) oxide catalysts for the epoxidation of cis-cyclooctene. Reaction of the carbonyl complexes with the oxidant tert-butyl hydroperoxide
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The molybdenum(0)-carbonyl-triazole complexes [Mo(CO)3(L)3] [L = 1,2,3-triazole (1,2,3-trz) or 1,2,4-triazole (1,2,4-trz)] have been prepared and examined as precursors to molybdenum(VI) oxide catalysts for the epoxidation of cis-cyclooctene. Reaction of the carbonyl complexes with the oxidant tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) (either separately or in situ) gives oxomolybdenum(VI) hybrid materials that are proposed to possess one-dimensional polymeric structures in which adjacent oxo-bridged dioxomolybdenum(VI) moieties are further linked by bidentate bridging triazole (trz) ligands. A pronounced ligand influence on catalytic performance was found and the best result (quantitative epoxide yield within 1 h at 70 °C) was obtained with the 1,2,3-triazole oxomolybdenum(VI) hybrid. Both molybdenum oxide-triazole compounds displayed superior catalytic performance in comparison with the known hybrid materials [MoO3(trz)0.5], which have different structures based on organic-inorganic perovskite-like layers. With aqueous H2O2 as the oxidant instead of TBHP, all compounds were completely soluble and active. A pronounced ligand influence on catalytic performance was only found for the hybrids [MoO3(trz)0.5], and only the 1,2,4-trz compound displayed reaction-induced self-precipitation behavior. An insight into the type of solution species that may be involved in the catalytic processes with these compounds was obtained by separately treating [MoO3(1,2,4-trz)0.5] with excess H2O2, which led to the crystallization of the complex (NH4)1.8(H3O)0.2[Mo2O2(μ2-O)(O2)4(1,2,4-trz)]·H2O. The single-crystal X-ray investigation of this complex reveals an oxo-bridged dinuclear structure with oxodiperoxo groups being further linked by a single triazole bridge. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Molybdenum-Catalyzed Enantioselective Sulfoxidation Controlled by a Nonclassical Hydrogen Bond between Coordinated Chiral Imidazolium-Based Dicarboxylate and Peroxido Ligands
Molecules 2018, 23(7), 1595; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23071595
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 25 June 2018 / Accepted: 28 June 2018 / Published: 30 June 2018
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Chiral alkyl aryl sulfoxides were obtained by molybdenum-catalyzed oxidation of alkyl aryl sulfides with hydrogen peroxide as oxidant in mild conditions with high yields and moderate enantioselectivities. The asymmetry is generated by the use of imidazolium-based dicarboxylic compounds, HLR. The in-situ-generated
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Chiral alkyl aryl sulfoxides were obtained by molybdenum-catalyzed oxidation of alkyl aryl sulfides with hydrogen peroxide as oxidant in mild conditions with high yields and moderate enantioselectivities. The asymmetry is generated by the use of imidazolium-based dicarboxylic compounds, HLR. The in-situ-generated catalyst, a mixture of aqueous [Mo(O)(O2)2(H2O)n] with HLR as chirality inductors, in the presence of [PPh4]Br, was identified as the anionic binuclear complex [PPh4]{[Mo(O)(O2)2(H2O)]2(μ-LR)}, according to spectroscopic data and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. A nonclassical hydrogen bond between one C–H bond of the alkyl R group of coordinated (LR) and one oxygen atom of the peroxido ligand was identified as the interaction responsible for the asymmetry in the process. Additionally, the step that governs the enantioselectivity was theoretically analyzed by locating the transition states of the oxido-transfer to PhMeS of model complexes [Mo(O)(O2)2(H2O)(κ1-O-LR)] (R = H, iPr). The ∆∆G is ca. 0 kcal∙mol−1 for R = H, racemic sulfoxide, meanwhile for chiral species the ∆∆G of ca. 2 kcal∙mol−1 favors the formation of (R)-sulfoxide. Full article
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Open AccessReview From the Eukaryotic Molybdenum Cofactor Biosynthesis to the Moonlighting Enzyme mARC
Molecules 2018, 23(12), 3287; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23123287
Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 11 December 2018
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All eukaryotic molybdenum (Mo) enzymes contain in their active site a Mo Cofactor (Moco), which is formed by a tricyclic pyranopterin with a dithiolene chelating the Mo atom. Here, the eukaryotic Moco biosynthetic pathway and the eukaryotic Moco enzymes are overviewed, including nitrate
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All eukaryotic molybdenum (Mo) enzymes contain in their active site a Mo Cofactor (Moco), which is formed by a tricyclic pyranopterin with a dithiolene chelating the Mo atom. Here, the eukaryotic Moco biosynthetic pathway and the eukaryotic Moco enzymes are overviewed, including nitrate reductase (NR), sulfite oxidase, xanthine oxidoreductase, aldehyde oxidase, and the last one discovered, the moonlighting enzyme mitochondrial Amidoxime Reducing Component (mARC). The mARC enzymes catalyze the reduction of hydroxylated compounds, mostly N-hydroxylated (NHC), but as well of nitrite to nitric oxide, a second messenger. mARC shows a broad spectrum of NHC as substrates, some are prodrugs containing an amidoxime structure, some are mutagens, such as 6-hydroxylaminepurine and some others, which most probably will be discovered soon. Interestingly, all known mARC need the reducing power supplied by different partners. For the NHC reduction, mARC uses cytochrome b5 and cytochrome b5 reductase, however for the nitrite reduction, plant mARC uses NR. Despite the functional importance of mARC enzymatic reactions, the structural mechanism of its Moco-mediated catalysis is starting to be revealed. We propose and compare the mARC catalytic mechanism of nitrite versus NHC reduction. By using the recently resolved structure of a prokaryotic MOSC enzyme, from the mARC protein family, we have modeled an in silico three-dimensional structure of a eukaryotic homologue. Full article
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