A thiourea-functionalised metal-organic macrocycle for the catalysis of Michael additions and prominent size-selective effect

In this study, a discrete tetranuclear thiourea-based metal-organic macrocycle (MOM) with a large size was constructed by a well-designed organic ligand and nickel(ii) ions via self-assembly. Incorporating thiourea groups as hydrogen-bond donors into a metal-organic complex system leads to a new approach for synthesising functionalised heterogeneous catalysts, as this not only introduces coordination sites serving as chelators, but also overcomes the issues of self-association via intermolecular H-bonding, often occurring in homogeneous systems. The packing structure of this material formed a confined environment suitable for the access of substrate molecules dragged by the strong hydrogen-bond interactions from the thiourea groups, thus achieving a high catalytic performance in Michael additions of nitrostyrenes to nitroalkanes, with remarkable yields and size-selectivity in heterogeneous phase. Moreover, a comparison of the IR spectrum of Ni-SPT with the spectra of dimethyl malonate- and ?-nitrostyrene-impregnated Ni-SPT indicated that both substrate molecules, ?-nitrostyrene and dimethyl malonate, were able to access the cavity of the trimeric subunit.

Authors: Yang L, Zhao L, Zhou Z, He C, Sun H, Duan C. ;Full Source: Dalton Transactions. 2017 Mar 8. doi: 10.1039/c6dt04299f. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Epub ahead of print] ;[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]