Acetaldehyde hydration by zinc-hydroxo complexes: Coordination number expansion during catalysis

Xiaodong Xu, Ajay R. Lajmi, James W. Canary

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The complexes [Zn(tren)(OH)]+ and [Cd(Me6tren)(OH)]+ are excellent catalysts for the hydration of acetaldehyde while the closely related complex [Zn(Me6tren)(OH)]+ does not catalyze the reaction, consistent with the notion that zinc ions require the ability to accommodate expanded coordination numbers in hydrolytic reactions such as those catalyzed by the enzyme carbonic anhydrase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2701-2702
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 21 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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