Heteropolyacids as an efficient and reusable catalytic system for the regiospecific nitration of phenols with metal nitrates

  • Bita Baghernejad
  • Majid M. Heravi
  • Hossein A.Oskooie
  • Fatemeh F. Bamoharram
Keywords: Heteropolyacids, Phenol, Nitration, Regiospecific


Highly regiospecific mononitration of phenols and substituted phenols is accomplished employing a metal nitrate and a catalytic amount of heteropolyacid in acetonitrile. An exclusive ortho-selectivity was observed with excellent yields. A variety of metal nitrates were used to obtain o-nitrophenols exclusively in good to excellent yields. The use of heteropolyacid is key for the selectivity observed.


KEY WORDS: Heteropolyacids, Phenol, Nitration, Regiospecific


Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2012, 26(1), 145-152.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/bcse.v26i1.17


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