Development of new hypervalent iodine based oxidants and their use in “inorganometallic chemistry”

Iodine typically prefers an oxidation state of -1 as iodide or +1 in normal organoiodine compounds such as PhI. In this project we aim to generate cationic iodine coordination complexes where the oxidation state of iodine is +3. The high oxidation state of iodine coupled with the cationic nature of the complexes renders these compounds very strong oxidizing agents.

We use these complexes to generate highly charged transition metal and main group coordination compounds in a single step. These cations have potential use in catalytic transformations through C-H activation. For an example of our work on synthesizing a new family of gold complexes using this strategy, see Corbo et al., 2014.