Mono- and dinuclear oxidovanadium(v) complexes of an amine-bis(phenolate) ligand with bromo-peroxidase activities: Synthesis, characterization, catalytic, kinetic and computational studies

Mainak Debnath, Malay Dolai, Kaberi Pal, Sourav Bhunya, Ankan Paul, Hon Man Lee, Mahammad Ali

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The mono- and dinuclear oxidovanadium(v) complexes [VVO(L1)(Cl)] (1) and [L1VVO(μ2-O)VO(L1)] (2) of ONNO donor amine-bis(phenolate) ligand (H2L1) were readily synthesized by the reaction between H2L1 and VCl3.(THF)3 or VO(acac)2 in MeOH or MeCN, respectively, and then characterized through mass spectroscopy, 1H-NMR and FTIR techniques. Both the complexes possess distorted octahedral geometry around each V centre. Upon the addition of 1 equivalent or more acid to a MeCN solution of complex 1, it immediately turned into the protonated form, which might be in equilibrium as: [L1ClVVOH]+ ↔ [L1ClVV-OH]+ (in the case of [L1ClVVOH]+ oxo-O is just protonated, whereas in [L1ClVV-OH]+ it is a hydroxo species), with the shift in λmax from 610 nm to 765 nm. Similar was the case for complex 2. The complexes 1 and 2 could efficiently catalyze the oxidative bromination of salicylaldehyde in the presence of H2O2 to produce 5-bromo salicylaldehyde as the major product with TONs of 405 and 450, respectively, in the mixed solvent system (H2O:MeOH:THF = 4:3:2, v/v). The kinetic analysis of the bromide oxidation reaction indicated a first-order mechanism in the protonated peroxidovanadium complex and a bromide ion and limiting first-order mechanism on [H+]. The evaluated kBr and kH values were 5.78 ± 0.20 and 11.01 ± 0.50 M-1 s-1 for complex 1 and 6.21 ± 0.13 and 20.14 ± 0.72 M-1 s-1 for complex 2, respectively. The kinetic and thermodynamic acidities of the protonated oxido species of complexes 1 and 2 were pKa = 2.55 (2.35) and 2.16 (2.19), respectively, which were far more acidic than those reported by Pecoraro et al. for peroxido-protonation instead of oxido protonation. On the basis of the chemistry observed for these model compounds, a mechanism of halide oxidation and a detailed catalytic cycle are proposed for the vanadium haloperoxidase enzyme and these were substantiated by detailed DFT calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2799-2809
Number of pages11
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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