Synthesis and characterization of Ni(II) complex functionalized silica-based magnetic nanocatalyst and its application in C–N and C–C cross-coupling reactions

  • Mohaddeseh Shahabi Nejad
  • Neda Seyedi
  • Hassan SheibaniEmail author
  • Soheila Behzadi
Original Article


A new magnetically recoverable silica-based nickel(II) nanocatalyst was synthesized by a simple cost-effective procedure, which was characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD, VSM analysis, and FT-IR spectrophotometry. The catalytic activity of the prepared Ni(II) nanocatalyst was tested in two complementary reactions: C–N Chan–Lam cross-coupling of phenylboronic acid with aryl amines and C–C Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reaction of phenylboronic acid with aryl halides. The catalyst was easily recovered by magnetic separation and reused for five times. It demonstrated better catalytic activity in the C–N Chan–Lam reaction compared to C–C Suzuki–Miyaura reaction. Ease of recovery and reusability up to five cycles without noticeable loss of performance in the C–N cross-coupling reaction make the present protocol beneficial both industrially and environmentally.

Graphical abstract

In this paper, a new magnetically recoverable silica-based nickel(II) nanocatalyst was synthesized and applied in two complementary reactions: C–C Suzuki–Miyaura reaction and C–N Chan–Lam reaction. The difference in catalytic activity makes it possible to use this catalyst for cases that are prone to both reactions and selectively create the desired product.


Nickel nanocatalyst N–C Chan–Lam C–C Suzuki–Miyaura Phenylboronic acids Aryl amine Aryl halide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohaddeseh Shahabi Nejad
    • 1
  • Neda Seyedi
    • 2
  • Hassan Sheibani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Soheila Behzadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryShahid Bahonar University of KermanKermanIran
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of JiroftJiroftIran

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