Novel ruthenium-terpyridyl complex for direct oxidation of amines to nitriles

Liliana Cristian, Simona Nica, Octavian D. Pavel, Constantin Mihailciuc, Valer Almasan, Simona M. Coman, Christopher Hardacre, Vasile I. Parvulescu

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    High catalytic activity and selectivity has been demonstrated for the oxidation of both aliphatic and aromatic amines to nitriles under benign conditions with dioxygen or air using the Ru2Cl4(az-tpy) 2 complex. The conversion was found to be strongly influenced by the alkyl chain length of the reactant with shorter chain amines found to have lower conversions than those with longer chains. Importantly, by using the ruthenium terpyridine complex functionalized with azulenyl moiety at the 4 position of central pyridine core provided a much higher reactivity catalyst compared with a series of ruthenium terpyridine-based ligand complexes reported. Mechanistic studies using deuterated benzylamine demonstrated the importance of RuOH in this reaction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2646-2653
    Number of pages8
    JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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