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Soluble Methane Monooxygenase Type Oxygen Activation at an Iron(II)-Cyclam Center

In an interdisciplinary approach, the three UniSysCat research groups of Holger Dau, Peter Hildebrandt and Kallol Ray studied the reaction of a non-heme iron(II) complex withdioxygen to form an oxoiron(IV) complex via an unprecedented mechanism. This work sheds light on the chemistry of dinuclear non-heme iron enzymes like Soluble Methane Monooxygenase, catalyzing the conversion of CH4 to CH3OH, one of the most difficult chemical oxidation.

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