Journal of Chemical Sciences

, 130:160 | Cite as

Synthesis, characterization, and application of easily accessible resin-encapsulated nickel nanocatalyst for efficient reduction of functionalized nitroarenes under mild conditions

  • Poonam Rani
  • Kamal Nain Singh
  • Amarjit KaurEmail author
Regular Article


A novel resin-encapsulated nickel nanocatalyst has been synthesized by a modified impregnation method using nickel acetate tetrahydrate in presence of sodium borohydride as a mild reducing agent. The synthesized nanocatalyst was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The concentration of nickel nanoparticles encapsulated on resin was determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). Further, synthesized resin-encapsulated nickel nanocatalyst was found to be stable and efficient in micromolar concentrations, for the selective reduction of functionalized nitroarenes to corresponding amines in good to high yield, under mild reaction conditions. The nanocatalyst shows excellent reusability.

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SYNOPSIS A novel resin-encapsulated nickel nanocatalyst (Ni@XAD-4) was synthesized using a modified impregnation method. The nanocatalyst exhibited excellent catalytic activity towards the selective reduction of functionalized nitroarenes in the presence of \(\hbox {NaBH}_{4}\) with reusability up to five cycles.


Resin-encapsulated nickel nanocatalyst impregnation stability recyclability reduction nitroarenes aromatic amines 



The authors acknowledge the financial support from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)-DST, New Delhi, through Scheme number EEQ/2016/000574, CRF, IIT Delhi for HR-TEM and TEM-EDS analysis, PBTI, Mohali for ICP-MS characterization and SAIF, Punjab University for \(^{1}\hbox {H NMR}\) and \(^{13}\hbox {C NMR}\) and other characteristic techniques.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SciencePanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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