Polymer-Supported Palladium(II) Carbene Complexes: Catalytic Activity, Recyclability, and Selectivity in C-H Acetoxylation of Arenes

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Heterogeneous catalysts for selective oxidation of C-H bonds were synthesized by co-polymerization of new N-heterocyclic carbene-palladium(II) (NHC-PdII) monomers with divinylbenzene. The polymer-supported NHC-PdII-catalysed undirected C-H acetoxylation of simple and methylated arenes as well as polyarenes, with similar or superior efficiency compared to their homogeneous analogues. In particular, the regioselectivity has been improved in the acetoxylation of biphenyl and naphthalene compared to the best homogeneous catalysts. The new polymer-supported catalysts maintain the original oxidation state of PdII after repeated catalytic reactions, and exhibit no significant leaching of palladium. In addition, the new catalysts have been successfully recovered and reused without loss of activity over several cycles of reactions.


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  • Physical Chemistry


  • C-H activation, N-heterocyclic carbenes, Palladium(II), Polymer supported Pd(II), Undirected acetoxylation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8457-8465
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 22
Publication categoryResearch