Fe2O3/NGr@C- and Co-Co3O4/NGr@C-catalysed hydrogenation of nitroarenes under mild conditions

Dario Formenti, Christoph Topf, Kathrin Junge, Fabio Ragaini, Matthias Beller

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An improved hydrogenation of nitroarenes using nano-structured iron- and cobalt-based catalysts is presented. Modifications of the heterogeneous catalysts by N-doped graphene-flakes are crucial for the success of selective reductions. The use of polar solvents and basic additives has a significant positive influence on the rate of reduction of nitroarenes. This allows performing non-noble metal-catalysed hydrogenations under very mild reaction conditions (e.g. 70 °C and 20 bar). On the basis of the obtained catalytic results a heterolytic mechanism for the hydrogenation process is postulated, too.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4473-4477
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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