Sunday, December 21, 2008

Iron complex mimics soil bacteria .....

Is there any synthetic chemical that acts, like a soil bacteria and there by degrade the aromatic compounds?. Now Prof. Lawrence Jr., and his group has come out with an interesting “synthetic non-heme iron complex “-that is able to catalyse the reaction.

The natural method for the degradation of aromatic compounds starts with the cis-dihydroxylation of an aromatic double bond by non-heme iron enzymes and the best known of these enzymes is naphthalene 1,2-dioxygenase (NDO), which catalyses the conversion of naphthalene to cis-(1R,2S)-1,2-dihydro-1,2-naphthalenediol. Although catalysts, those able to cis-hydroxylate olefin double bonds are known, the significance of this research is that a “synthetic catalyst which could carry out the same reaction on aromatic double bonds”.

Prof. Que, used a complex which had previously been successful in the cis-dihydroxylation of olefins, [FeII(TPA)(NCMe)2](OTf)2 [where TPA = tris(2-pyridylmethylamine)], using H2O2 as the oxidant. Interestingly the major of the identified four products (cis-diol), is identical to that produced in the enzyme-catalysed reaction. They also carried out mechanistic studies and found that the process is assisted by water. Though further studies are essential to substantiate the biomimetic catalysis of oxidations (previously carried out by enzymes). Hope this research will have its influence, in the areas like drug discovery, synthetic chemistry and environment issues…..

1 comment:

Manjula Umesh said...

It is really interesting now the turn of synthetic compounds to mimic that of bacteria. Thanks for the short and sweet info..