Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 6079–6087 | Cite as

Cu(NO3)2-catalyzed nitrodecarboxylation of α,β-unsaturated acids: facile synthesis of (E)-nitroolefins under additive-free conditions

  • Zai-Gang LuoEmail author
  • Feng Xu
  • Yu-Yu Fang
  • Peng Liu
  • Xue-Mei Xu
  • Cheng-Tao Feng
  • Zhong Li
  • Jie HeEmail author


An additive-free, facile, efficient, and ecofriendly protocol for synthesis of (E)-nitroolefins via nitrodecarboxylation of α,β-unsaturated acids has been developed. Cu(NO3)2 was used as both nitrating agent and catalyst. Furthermore, the presented methodology offers several advantages such as easily accessible and stable substrates, inexpensive catalyst, high to excellent yield, short reaction time, and simple posttreatment procedure.

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Nitrodecarboxylation α,β-Unsaturated acids Cu(NO3)2 (E)-Nitroolefins 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21102003) and Scientific Research Foundation for the Introduction of Talent of Anhui University of Science and Technology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemical EngineeringAnhui University of Science & TechnologyHuainanChina
  2. 2.Guang Zhou Institutes of Biomedicine and HealthChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouChina

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