Catalysis Letters

, Volume 110, Issue 1–2, pp 101–106 | Cite as

A new catalytic transesterification for the synthesis of N, N-dimethylaminoethyl acrylate with organotin catalyst

  • Pingping Jiang
  • Dianpeng Zhang
  • Qi Li
  • Yun Lu


A new transesterification method for preparing N, N-dimethylaminoethyl acrylate (DMAEA) from methyl acrylate (MA) and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) was carried out in the presence of organotin catalyst. Among the catalysts examined, (C8H17)2Sn(OCOC11H23)2(TD) is the most active one for the reaction. The products were characterized by gas chromatography, IR spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and Mass spectroscopy. The effects of various reaction conditions such as the different catalysts, the reactants ratio, the amount of catalyst, the reaction time on the DMAE conversion, the selectivity to DMAEA and the DMAEA yield were investigated. Experimental results indicated that the sort of catalyst is vital to improving DMAEA yield. The reactants ratio could effect on the DMAE conversion, the selectivity to DMAEA and the DMAEA yield. The 96.28% conversion of DMAE was obtained over catalyst TD, the yield of DMAEA could reach 94.65%, the selectivity is 98.68%. A possible catalytic mechanism of transesterification of DMAE and MA with organotin catalysts was also presumed.


catalytic transesterification N, N-dimethylaminoethylacrylate organotin catalysts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pingping Jiang
    • 1
  • Dianpeng Zhang
    • 1
  • Qi Li
    • 1
  • Yun Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Material EngineeringSouthern Yangtze UniversityWuxi, JiangsuP.R. China

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