Biomass-Derived Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes

Basudev Sahoo, Dario Formenti, Christoph Topf, Stephan Bachmann, Michelangelo Scalone, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller

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Development of catalytically active materials from biowaste represents an important aspect of sustainable chemical research. Three heterogeneous materials were synthesized from inexpensive biomass-based chitosan and abundant Co(OAc)2 using complexation followed by pyrolysis at various temperatures. These materials were applied in the catalytic hydrogenation of nitroarenes using molecular hydrogen. A variety of diversely functionalized nitroarenes including some pharmaceutically active compounds were converted into aromatic amines in high yields, with high selectivity, and with excellent functional group tolerance. This green protocol has also been implemented for the synthesis of a biologically important TRPC3 inhibitor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3035-3039
Number of pages5
Issue number15
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • anilines
  • chitosan
  • cobalt
  • hydrogenation
  • nitro compounds


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