An unprecedented solid of coper(II) complexes [Cu(dpa)₂NCS]₂[Cu(dpa)₂(NCS)₂](ClO₄)₂ (1) [dpa = 2,2'-dipyridylamine; SCN = thiocyanate], has been synthesized and crystallographically characterized with the aim to study the catecholase activity. The Cu(II) complex mimics the full catalytic cycle of the active site of catechol oxidase enzyme in acetonitrile medium with a turnover number of 4.788 × 10³ h⁻¹ along with the production of semiquinone radical and hydrogen peroxide. In situ generation of Cu(I) species in the catalytic pathway of catechol oxidation was established by electrochemical study and further confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.
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