Palladium-Loaded Cucurbit[7]uril-Modified Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for C−C Cross-Coupling Reactions

Farah Benyettou, Laurence Motte, Hassan Traboulsi, Javed Mazher, Renu Pasricha, John Carl Olsen, Ali Trabolsi, Erwan Guenin

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Cucurbit[7]uril modified iron oxide nanoparticles (CB[7]NPs) were loaded with palladium to form nano-catalysts (Pd@CB[7]NPs) that, with microwave heating, catalysed Suzuki–Miyaura, Sonogashira, and Mizoroki–Heck cross-coupling reactions. Reactions were run in environmentally benign 1:1 ethanol/water solvent under convenient aerobic conditions. In a preliminary screening, conversions and yields were uniformly high with turn over frequencies (TOF) ranging from 64 to 7360 h−1. The nano-catalysts could be recovered with a magnet and reused several times (6 times for Suzuki–Miayura reaction) without loss of activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2349-2353
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Feb 16 2018


  • cross-coupling reactions
  • cucurbit[7]uril
  • macrocyclic chemistry
  • magnetic nano-catalyst
  • palladium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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