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A Ru-Complex Tethered to a N-Rich Covalent Triazine Framework for Tandem Aerobic Oxidation-Knoevenagel Condensation Reactions

Watson, Geert; Gohari Derakhshandeh, Parviz; Abednatanzi, Sara; Schmidt, Johannes; Leus, Karen; Van Der Voort, Pascal

Herein, a highly N-rich covalent triazine framework (CTF) is applied as support for a RuIII complex. The bipyridine sites within the CTF provide excellent anchoring points for the [Ru(acac)2(CH3CN)2]PF6 complex. The obtained robust RuIII@bipy-CTF material was applied for the selective tandem aerobic oxidation-Knoevenagel condensation reaction. The presented system shows a high catalytic performance (>80% conversion of alcohols to α, β-unsaturated nitriles) without the use of expensive noble metals. The bipy-CTF not only acts as the catalyst support but also provides the active sites for both aerobic oxidation and Knoevenagel condensation reactions. This work highlights a new perspective for the development of highly efficient and robust heterogeneous catalysts applying CTFs for cascade catalysis.
Published in: Molecules, 10.3390/molecules26040838, MDPI