Synthesis and structure of an air-stable organobismuth triflate complex and its use as a high-efficiency catalyst for the ring opening of epoxides in aqueous media with aromatic amines

Nianyuan Tan, Shuangfeng Yin, Yuefang Li, Renhua Qiu, Zhengong Meng, Xingxing Song, Shenglian Luo, Chak Tong Au, Wai Yeung Wong

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An air-stable organobismuth triflate complex with a novel 5,6,7,12-tetrahydrodibenzo[c,f]-[1,5]oxabismocine framework was synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic and single-crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The organobismuth framework is cationic, and the complex shows relatively strong Lewis acidity (0.8 < Ho≤ 3.3). It was found to exhibit high catalytic activity towards the ring-opening reaction of epoxides in aqueous media with aromatic amines at room temperature. This catalyst shows good stability, recyclability and reusability. The catalytic system affords a simple and efficient method for the synthesis of β-amino alcohols.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1579-1583
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • β-Amino alcohol
  • 5,6,7,12-tetrahydrodibenzo[c,f][1,5]oxabismocine framework
  • Cationic organobismuth complex
  • Epoxide
  • Ring-opening reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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