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Highly Loaded Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Non-Covalently Modified with a Bis-Imidazolium Salt and their Use as Catalyst Supports

  • Autori: Salvo, A.; LA PAROLA, V.; Liotta, L.; Giacalone, F.; Gruttadauria, M.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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The surfaces of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were non-covalently modified using two bis-imidazolium dibromide derivatives having phenyl or pyrene groups. Due to the presence of the two pyrene groups the bis(pyren-1-ylmethylimidazolium) dibromide derivative was immobilised at a loading of about 15-16 wt %, whereas only <3 wt % of the phenyl derivative was immobilised. The presence of the two imidazolium cations helped the immobilisation of tetrachloropalladate ions after exchange with bromide ions. Tetrachloropalladate was used as pre-catalyst in several Suzuki-Miyaura carbon-carbon cross-coupling reactions in water or water/ethanol at 50 °C in only 0.1 mol % and compared with the non-supported pre-catalyst. The MWCNT-supported material was used in five consecutive cycles of the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction. Recycling using phenylboronic acid and 4-bromobenzaldehyde in water/ethanol was achieved with only a minor loss in activity. HRTEM images clearly showed the presence of the bis(pyren-1-ylmethylimidazolium) derivative on the sidewalls of MWCNTs. Two birds with one stone: A molecule has been synthesised with two pyrenyl and two imidazolium moieties, which anchored the catalyst tetrachloropalladate to multi-walled carbon nanotubes with high loading. Such noncovalently modified materials could be used up to five times in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction (see scheme).