Department of Chemistry
Synthesis and structure of an air-stable organobismuth triflate complex and its use as a high-efficiency catalyst for the ring opening of epoxides in aqueous media with aromatic amines
An air-stable organobismuth triflate complex with a novel 5,6,7,12-tetrahydrodibenzo[c,f]-[1,5]oxabismocine framework was synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic and single-crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The organobismuth framework is cationic, and the complex shows relatively strong Lewis acidity (0.8 < Ho ≤ 3.3). It was found to exhibit high catalytic activity towards the ring-opening reaction of epoxides in aqueous media with aromatic amines at room temperature. This catalyst shows good stability, recyclability and reusability. The catalytic system affords a simple and efficient method for the synthesis of β-amino alcohols. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
β-Amino alcohol, 5, 6, 7, 12-tetrahydrodibenzo[c, f][1, 5]oxabismocine framework, Cationic organobismuth complex, Epoxide, Ring-opening reaction
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Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
Tan, Nianyuan, Shuangfeng Yin, Yuefang Li, Renhua Qiu, Zhengong Meng, Xingxing Song, Shenglian Luo, Chak-Tong Au, and Wai-Yeung Wong. "Synthesis and structure of an air-stable organobismuth triflate complex and its use as a high-efficiency catalyst for the ring opening of epoxides in aqueous media with aromatic amines." Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 696.8 (2011): 1579-1538.