Borate Zirconia Mediated Knoevenagel Condensation Reaction in Water
Borate Zirconia Mediated Knoevenagel Condensation Reaction in Water
Journal of the Korean Chemical Society. 2005. Aug, 49(4): 377-380
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  • Received : January 14, 2005
  • Published : August 20, 2005
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Santosh S. Shindalkar
Balaji R. Madje
Rajkumar V. Hangarge
Pratap T. Patil
Catalysis Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune-411008, India
Mohan K. Dongare
Catalysis Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune-411008, India
Murlidhar S. Shingare

Knoevenagel condensation of 4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyran-3-carbaldehydes, 1,3-diphenyl-1 H -pyrazol-4-carboxaldehyde and aromatic aldehyde has been carried out with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5-(4 H )-one as condensing agent in moderate to good yields by using Borate Zirconia (B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 ) solid acid catalyst in water medium. In each conversion, the catalyst was successfully recovered and recycled without significant loss in yield and selectivity.
Knoevenagel reaction 1 is one of the most important C-C bond forming reactions practiced by the synthetic chemists. It is widely used in the synthesis of important intermediates or end products for perfumes, 2 pharmaceuticals 3 and polymers. 4 Bases, acids, or catalysts containing both acid-base sites 5 catalyze the reactions. Several homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts such as CuCl 2 , 6 SmI 3 , 7 Al 2 O 3 , 8 anionic resins, 9 clays 10 and calcined hydrotalcites 11 have been documented in the literature for Knoevenagel condensation. Recently we have also studied the Knoevenagel condensation reactions under different conditions. 12
The enhancement of rate of several organic reactions due to hydrophobic effect of water, as a solvent was rediscovered by Breslow in 1980. 13 Water is unique solvent due to easy availability, non-inflammable, non-toxic and negligible cost. To develop eco-efficient processes, selection of the solvent is critical. Although various catalysts have been developed to realize organic transformations in water, 14 it is still difficult to achieve recovery and reuse of the catalyst in many cases.
Boron oxide supported on zirconium oxide containing 30 mol% of boron has been reported as a superacid catalyst (acidic strength H o =-13) efficient for decomposition of ethanol to ethylene. 15 Xu et al . 16 has used B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 catalyst for the selective synthesis of ε-caprolactum by gas phase Beckman Rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime. Recently we have also studied the acidic properties of this catalyst for Friedel-Craft benzoylation of anisole to 4- and 2-methoxybenzophenones using benzoyl chloride 17 and selective C - methylation of phenol to o -cresol and 2,6-xylenol using methanol. 18 It showed the comparable performance with conventional homogenous AlCl 3 catalyst, as well as heterogeneous catalysts such as zeolite H-beta and sulphated-zirconia 17 and which is also found an efficient catalyst for selective C -methylation of phenol to o -cresol and 2,6-xylenol using methanol as an alkylating agent. 18 This prompted us to test its activity for Knoevenagel condensation reaction and to our knowledge borate zirconia has not been used as a catalyst for this reaction.
The starting materials 4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyran-3-carbaldehyde, 19 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5(4 H )-one 20 and 1, 3-diphenyl-1 H -pyrazol-4-carboxaldehyde 21 were prepared by the reported method. The progress of reactions was monitored by TLC [silica, light peteroleum-EtOAc (8:2)]. Melting points were measured in open capillaries in a paraffin bath. IR spectra were recorded as Nujol mulls on FTIR instrument. 1 H NMR spectra were recorded at 300 MHz with CDCl 3 as solvent and TMS as an internal standard. Elemental analysis was consistent with the structures. Spectral data matched with the authentic samples. 22
- Synthesis and characterization of the catalyst
Borate zirconia containing 30 mol% boron oxide catalyst was prepared by impregnation method. Zirconyl oxychloride was dissolved in distilled water and aqueous ammonia was added dropwise to it with constant stirring (pH=10). The resultant precipitate was filtered and washed with distilled water till free from chloride ions. The residue was dried overnight at 85 ℃ in an oven. Boric acid was dissolved in distilled water. The zirconium hydroxide obtained above was added to the boric acid solution with stirring to obtain slurry. It was air dried, heated in an oven at 110 ℃ for 5 h and calcined overnight at 650 ℃. The powder X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) of the catalyst was carried out using Rigaku X-ray diffractometer (Rigaku miniflex) equipped with a Ni filtered Cu-Kα (1.542Å) radiation and a graphite crystal monochromator. X-ray Photoemission spectra (XPS) were recorded on VG Microtech Multilab ESCA 3000 spectrometer using non-monochromatized Mg-Kα x-ray source (hν=1253.6 eV). Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD-ammonia) profile of the catalyst was recorded on a Micromeritics Autochem 2910 apparatus. Scanning electron microscope JEOL JSM 500 was used to obtain SEM image and determination of specific surface area was carried out by BET (Brunner-Emmett-Teller) N 2 adsorption using NOVA 1200 Quanta chrome.
- General experimental procedure for the Knoevenagel condensation
4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyran-3-carbaldehyde (10 mmol) and 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5(4 H )-one (10 mmol) with acidic catalyst B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 (0.2 g) in distilled water (10 mL) was heated in an oil bath at 90 ℃ for time given in 1 . The progress of the reaction was monitored on TLC. After completion of the reaction, the reaction mixture was cooled and filtered to obtain solid product with catalyst, which was separated during crystallization. It was recrystallized from dioxane to get pure product. The similar procedure is applied for the condensation reactions of aromatic aldehyde and 1, 3-diphenyl-1 H -pyrazol-4-carboxaldehyde. Compounds synthesized by above method are listed in 1 with their yields and physical constants. The separated catalyst was heated at 120 ℃ and used for the recycling experiments.
In continuation of our work on the Knoevenagel condensation reactions of 4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyran-3-carbaldehyde, 1,3-diphenyl-1 H -pyrazol-4-carboxaldehyde and aromatic aldehyde with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5(4 H )-one under several different conditions. 23 And as a part of our research programme aimed at developing new catalyst and subsequent application for various organic transformations, herein we wish to report the Borate zirconia mediated Knoevenagel condensation of 4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyran-3-carbaldehydes, 1,3-diphenyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxaldehyde and aromatic aldehyde with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5(4 H )-one as condensing agent at 90 ℃, in moderate to good yields of the condensed product using water as an ecofriendly reaction solvent ( 1 , entries 1-11). The substrate 4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyran-3-carbaldehyde has three active sites: α, β-unsaturated carbonyl group, a carbon-carbon double bond and a formyl group. Of these, formyl has higher reactivity towards the active methylene compounds and we got exclusively single product.
B2O3/ZrO2catalyzed Knoevenagel condensation reaction in water.
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B2O3/ZrO2 catalyzed Knoevenagel condensation reaction in water.
The catalyst was characterized by several techniques like X- Ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD) of ammonia, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and BET surface area measurements. The XRD pattern B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 calcined at 650 ℃ showed the formation of cubic phase of zirconia. The surface area of the catalyst was found to be 114 m 2 /g. XPS study showed the binding energy of 191.9 eV for B 1s, which is in good agreement with standard value of 192 eV for B 3+ state. The acid site density of B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 measured by TPD ammonia as a probe molecule was found to be 0.398 mmol/g, which is quite high for its use as an acid catalyzed reaction. SEM of the catalyst showed the particles of size ranging from 2 to 3 μm and the particles were observed in agglomerated form.
Recycling data of B2O3/ZrO2for the Knoevenagel condensation reaction of 4-chlorobenzaldehyde with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5(4H)-one
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Recycling data of B2O3/ZrO2 for the Knoevenagel condensation reaction of 4-chlorobenzaldehyde with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5(4H)-one
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We have also examined the catalytic activity of recovered B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 for the Knoevenagel condensation of 4-chlorobenzaldehyde with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5-(4 H )-one and the results of recycling experiments are given in 2 . These results clearly indicates that the catalytic activity of recovered B 2 O 3 /ZrO 2 was slightly decreased than the fresh catalyst and it remains constant for further two cycles without any influence on yield and selectivity.
In conclusion, we have developed an environmentally benign, economically viable and cleaner methodology for the Knoevenagel condensation of 4-oxo-(4 H )-1-benzopyan-3-carbaldehyde and 1,3-diphenyl-1 H -pyrazol-4-carboxaldehyde, aromatic aldehyde with 3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazolin-5-(4 H )-one in water using borate zirconia solid acid catalyst. We got the condensed product in moderate to good yield.
RVH is thankful to the CSIR, New Delhi for the award of Senior Research Fellowship. We are also thankful to Head, Department of Chemistry, for providing laboratory facilities.
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