Horsetail plant (Equisetum arvense) and horsetail plant ash: application and comparison of their catalytic activities as novel and natural porous lewis acid catalysts for the one-pot green synthesis of 2-amino-4H-chromene derivatives under solvent-free conditions

  • Nina Hosseini Mohtasham
  • Mostafa GholizadehEmail author
Original Paper


This study aims to use a new medicinal porous plant having a high content of silica known as horsetail and horsetail ash for the first time as novel, efficient, and environmentally friendly natural mild catalysts. The structure of these catalysts was characterized by different techniques such as FT-IR, XRF, SEM–EDS, N2 adsorption–desorption, XRD, and ICP analysis. The results obtained from the analysis revealed that both horsetail and horsetail ash could act as a solid acid catalyst. In addition, a further detailed analysis illustrated that they have a different surface area, porosity, and crystalline structure which can affect their catalytic activities. The synthesis of 2-amino-4H-chromene derivatives was performed via a one-pot three-component condensation of dimedone, malononitrile, and various aromatic aldehydes to compare their catalytic activities under solvent-free conditions. Due to its high porosity and high surface area, horsetail ash yields better results compared to the horsetail itself. FT-IR, mass, 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR spectroscopies were used to identify the synthesized compounds in this study. An important advantage of this method is the use of these effective natural catalytic systems with characteristics such as low cost, mild reaction conditions, nontoxicity, and reusability which resulted in corresponding products in high to excellent yields and proper reaction times.


Horsetail plant Ash Heterogeneous porous catalyst One-pot reaction 2-Amino-4H-chromene 



We are thankful to Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Research Council for financial support to this work (Grant No: 3/45801).

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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 Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran

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