Heck reactions in aqueous miniemulsions

Hazit A. Zayas, David Valade, Zhongfan Jia, Michael J. Monteiro

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Carrying out organic reactions in water-based nanoreactors represents a 'green' method for the preparation of organic compounds. This process eliminates the need for solvents, thus reducing the effect of high volumes of solvent on the environment. In this work, we demonstrate a successful Heck cross-coupling reaction, one of the most used approaches to form CC bonds using a palladium catalyst, in a miniemulsion. The miniemulsion droplet sizes were small (25 to 42nm), and the reactions resulted in high conversions of three different products with high trans stereoisomers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1094
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


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