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Copper(II) Triflate-Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Catalyzed Preparation of 1,2-Diphenyl-2,3-dihydro-4-pyridones in Aqueous Acidic Medium

Daniela Lanari, Oriana Piermatti, Ferdinando Pizzo*, Luigi Vaccaro*

*Laboratory of Green Synthetic Organic Chemistry, CEMIN - Dipartimento di Chimica, UniversitÓ di Perugia, via Elce di Sotto, 8, 06123 Perugia, Italy, Email:,

D. Lanari, O. Piermatti, F. Pizzo, L. Vaccaro, Synthesis, 2012, 44, 2181-2184.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1291040


A reaction between N-benzylideneanilines and Danishefsky's diene proceeds smoothly in acidic aqueous medium in the presence of a catalytic amount of copper(II) triflate and sodium dodecyl sulfate to afford the corresponding 1,2-diphenyl-2,3-dihydro-4-pyridones in excellent yields. The aqueous solution containing the catalyst can be recovered and reused without any loss in efficiency.

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Key Words

Lewis acid, aqueous medium, pyridones, copper(II) triflate, 2,3-dihydro-4-pyridones, Green Chemistry

ID: J66-Y2012-2300