Vitamin C as a green and robust catalyst for the fast and efficient synthesis of valuable organic compounds via multi-component reactions in water

  • Ahmad ShaabaniEmail author
  • Vida Khodkari
  • Mohammad Taghi Nazeri
  • Shima Ghasemi
  • Reza Mohammadian
  • Shabnam Shaabani
Original Paper


In the present paper, we report l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) as an efficient and robust catalyst for the straightforward synthesis of various organic compounds, including carboxamide, benzodiazepine and benzoxazepine derivatives. These compounds with potential drug value which exhibit a broad spectrum biological and pharmacological activities were successfully accessed with vitamin C catalytic system under environmentally friendly conditions in water. The main advantages of this protocol are operational simplicity, mild reaction conditions, high yields in short reaction time and good substrate generality.

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Ascorbic acid Green chemistry Heterocyclic compounds Multi-component reactions 



We gratefully acknowledge financial support of the Research Council of Shahid Beheshti University and the Iran National Science Foundation (INSF).

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All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ChemistryShahid Beheshti University, G.C.TehranIran

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