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Keywords:

  • copper- and solvent-free;
  • supported catalyst;
  • Sonogashira coupling;
  • aryl halides

Abstract

We report here our observation that, using appropriate reaction conditions, the Sonogashira reaction can be performed without the need for copper catalyst and solvent. Our approach involves the use of diatomite-supported palladium(II) salophen complex as a catalyst and triethylamine as a base. The methodology works, to differing extents, for aryl iodides and bromides. This heterogeneous catalyst can be reused at least five times without any decrease in activity. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.