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Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles for highly efficient chemoselective transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes

Southouse, Jamie P.; Lazzarini, Laura; Ibhadon, Alex O.; Francesconi, M. Grazia


Jamie P. Southouse

Laura Lazzarini

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Dr Alex Ibhadon
Reader, Catalysis and Reactor Engineering


Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles were prepared and used as catalysts in a hydrogen transfer reaction for the synthesis of substituted anilines. The catalytic performance is superior to current systems across all reactions, within the timeframe of two hours (100% conversion, 99.9% selectivity and activation energy 26.8 kJ mol−1). The superior catalytic performance was consistent across hydrogen transfer reactions with a number of different nitroarene substrates. Ultra-small FeS2nanocatalyst, with size 3-6 nm, were preparedviasolvothermal method, utilizing oleylamine as a capping agent and a combination of milder temperature (160 °C) and longer reaction time than those reported to date. Tests on recyclability confirmed that the FeS2nanocatalyst remains highly chemoselective, up to four cycles.


Southouse, J. P., Lazzarini, L., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2021). Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles for highly efficient chemoselective transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes. New journal of chemistry = Nouveau journal de chimie, 45(38), 17808-17815.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 6, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 10, 2021
Publication Date Oct 14, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2021
Journal New Journal of Chemistry
Print ISSN 1144-0546
Electronic ISSN 1369-9261
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 38
Pages 17808-17815
Keywords Chemoselective hydrogen transfer; FeS2 nanocatalysts; Hydrazine monohydrate; Reduction of substituted nitrobenzenes
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