Oxidase catalysis via aerobically generated hypervalent iodine intermediates. Academic Article uri icon


  • The development of sustainable oxidation chemistry demands strategies to harness O2 as a terminal oxidant. Oxidase catalysis, in which O2 serves as a chemical oxidant without necessitating incorporation of oxygen into reaction products, would allow diverse substrate functionalization chemistry to be coupled to O2 reduction. Direct O2 utilization suffers from intrinsic challenges imposed by the triplet ground state of O2 and the disparate electron inventories of four-electron O2 reduction and two-electron substrate oxidation. Here, we generate hypervalent iodine reagents-a broadly useful class of selective two-electron oxidants-from O2. This is achieved by intercepting reactive intermediates of aldehyde autoxidation to aerobically generate hypervalent iodine reagents for a broad array of substrate oxidation reactions. The use of aryl iodides as mediators of aerobic oxidation underpins an oxidase catalysis platform that couples substrate oxidation directly to O2 reduction. We anticipate that aerobically generated hypervalent iodine reagents will expand the scope of aerobic oxidation chemistry in chemical synthesis.

published proceedings

  • Nat Chem

altmetric score

  • 22.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Maity, A., Hyun, S., & Powers, D. C.

citation count

  • 59

complete list of authors

  • Maity, Asim||Hyun, Sung-Min||Powers, David C

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM