Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Jose Gutierrez
Dr. Jason Parsons
Dr. Yuanbing Mao
The following systems: NaBH4/Fe3S4, NaBH4/Co3S4, NaBH4/NiS, NaBH4/CuS, and NaBH4/ZnS, were investigated for their nitro reducing abilities. Quantitative conversions were observed for the reduction of nitrobenzene with NaBH4/Co3S4 and NaBH4/NiS systems as opposed to only 9% conversion without any catalyst, representing a ten-fold increase in the reducing ability of NaBH4. In ethanol, various nitroaromatic compounds were also successfully reduced in moderate to high yields with 3 molar equivalents of NaBH4, demonstrating a mild alternative for the effective reduction of nitroaromatic compounds to their corresponding aryl amines. Screening of catalysts was carried out using gas chromatography. All products were characterized using 1 H NMR, 13C NMR, and FT-IR and melting point.
University of Texas-Pan American
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