Oxygenation of the benzyl ligand of cis-[(PhCH2)2Co(bpy)2]+ (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine) occurs efficiently in the presence of a catalytic amount of a coenzyme analogue, riboflavin, riboflavin-2′,3′,4′,S′-tetraacetate, lumazine, or aminopterin, in acetonitrile containing perchloric acid at 298 K to produce benzyl hydroperoxide, which decomposes to yield benzaldehyde as the final oxygenated product. In the case of ds-[R2Co(bpy)2]+ (R = Et, Me), however, no oxygenation of the ligands proceeds under the same conditions; instead, oxidative coupling of the alkyl ligands of m-[R2Co(bpy)2]+ takes place in the coenzyme-catalyzed oxidation by dioxygen to yield ethane and butane, respectively, when dioxygen is reduced to hydrogen peroxide. The origin of such a difference in the oxygenation and oxidative coupling pathways depending on the alkyl ligands is discussed based on the comparison of the products and kinetics with those of the one-electron oxidation of ds-[R2Co(bpy)2]+ by various oxidants in the absence and presence of dioxygen in acetonitrile at 298 K.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry