Carbon nanotubes grafted with sulfonated polyacrylamide as a heterogeneous catalyst for the preparation of bis(indolyl)methanes

  • Kaveh Parvanak BoroujeniEmail author
  • Fatemeh Asadi
  • Reyhaneh Kazemi
  • Abdulhamid Fadavi
Research Paper


Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were grafted with poly(AMPS–co–AM) by free-radical polymerization of acrylamide (AM) and 2–acrylamido–2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS) monomers initiated by benzoyl peroxide (BPO). MWCNT–poly(AMPS–co–AM) was characterized by Fourier transform–infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Observation showed that grafting of poly(AMPS–co–AM) to MWCNTs improves solubility of MWCNTs in water, ethanol, and dichloromethane. MWCNT–poly(AMPS–co–AM) also showed good catalytic performance for the preparation of bis(indolyl)methanes and 1,8-dioxo-octahydroxanthenes through the condensation of an aldehyde with indole and 5,5-dimethyl-1,3-cycloheanedione (dimedone), respectively. MWCNT–poly(AMPS–co–AM) catalyst can be reusable for at least up to eight times without significant loss of activity.

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Carbon nanotubes grafted with sulfonated polyacrylamide as a heterogeneous catalyst for the preparation of bis-indolylmethanes


Carbon nanotube Bis(indolyl)methanes Heterogeneous catalysis Polymerizations Acrylamide Nanostructured catalysts 



The authors are thankful to the Research Council of Shahrekord University and Marvdasht Branch Islamic Azad University for their partial support of this work.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryShahrekord UniversityShahrekordIran
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Marvdasht BranchIslamic Azad UniversityMarvdashtIran

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