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Ambiphilic Dual Activation Role of a Task-Specific Ionic Liquid: 2-Hydroxyethylammonium Formate as a Recyclable Promoter and Medium for the Green Synthesis of β-Nitrostyrenes

Abdolhamid Alizadeh*, Mohammad M. Khodaei* and Ali Eshghi

*Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Research Center (NNRC) Razi University, Kermanshah 67149, Iran, Email:,

A. Alizadeh, M. M. Khodaei, A. Eshgi, J. Org. Chem., 2010, 75, 8295-8298.

DOI: 10.1021/jo101696z


2-Hydroxyethylammonium formate as a cost-effective and task-specific ionic liquid efficiently promotes the condensation of nitroalkanes with various aldehydes to produce β-nitrostyrenes in very good yields at room temperature. This reaction does not involve any hazardous organic solvent and toxic catalyst. The ionic liquid can be recovered and recycled for subsequent reactions.

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Key Words

Nitro Alkenes, Ionic Liquids, Green Chemistry

ID: J42-Y2010-3430