Natural systems perform a variety of challenging transformations utilizing transition metal active sites. In order to mediate these processes, however, there is frequently a large deal of cooperativity between the metal center and the surrounding ligand environment. This cooperativity can include the outsourcing of redox events onto ligand sites as well as carefully poised hydrogen bonding interactions to activate substrates.
This research project is based on the incorporation of the above motifs into a single transition metal ligand framework. Notably, a redox active ligand that is capable of undergoing reversible hydrogenation can be utilized to effectively mediate both reductive and oxidative transformations. The close positioning of the hydrogen equivalents near the site of substrate binding aids in catalysis and allows this system to mediate difficult catalytic processes.