1H-ENDOR evidence for a hydrogen-bonding interaction that modulates the reactivity of a nonheme Fe(IV)O unit. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report that a novel use of 35 GHz (1)H-ENDOR spectroscopy establishes the presence in 1 of an Fe(IV)OH-O-Fe(III) hydrogen bond predicted by density functional theory computations to generate a six-membered-ring core for 1. The hydrogen bond rationalizes the difference in the C-H bond cleavage reactivity between 1 and 4(OCH(3)) (where a CH(3)O group has replaced the HO on the Fe(III) site). This result substantiates the seemingly paradoxical conclusion that the nonheme Fe(IV)O unit of 1 not only has the electrophilic character required for H-atom abstraction but also retains sufficient nucleophilic character to accept a hydrogen bond from the Fe(III)-OH unit.

published proceedings

  • Inorg Chem

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Shanmugam, M., Xue, G., Que, L., & Hoffman, B. M.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Shanmugam, Muralidharan||Xue, Genqiang||Que, Lawrence||Hoffman, Brian M

publication date

  • October 2012