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CuI-Nanoparticles-Catalyzed Selective Synthesis of Phenols, Anilines, and Thiophenols from Aryl Halides in Aqueous Solution

Hua-Jian Xu*, Yu-Feng Liang, Zhen-Ya Cai, Hong-Xia Qi, Chun-Yan Yang and Yi-Si Feng

*School of Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, People's Republic of China, Email:

H.-J. Xu, Y.-F. Liang, Z.-Y. Cai, H.-X. Qi, C.-Y. Yang, Y.-S. Feng, J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76, 2296-2300.

DOI: 10.1021/jo102506x


CuI-nanoparticles catalyze a selective synthesis of phenols, anilines, and thiophenols from aryl halides in the absence of both ligands and organic solvents. Anilines were formed selectively with ammonia competing with hydroxylation and thiophenols were generated selectively with sulfur powder after subsequent reduction competing with hydroxylation and amination.

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Key Words

Phenols, Anilines, Thiophenols, Zinc

ID: J42-Y2011-0910