Catalysis Letters

, Volume 116, Issue 3–4, pp 94–100 | Cite as

Sonogashira reactions catalyzed by water-soluble, β-cyclodextrin-capped palladium nanoparticles

  • Cuihua Xue
  • Kumaranand Palaniappan
  • Ganesh Arumugam
  • Stephen A. Hackney
  • Jian Liu
  • Haiying Liu


The Sonogashira reaction was efficiently catalyzed by β-cyclodextrin-capped Pd nanoparticles (β-CD/Pd) in aqueous solution at room temperature. In addition, PPh3 was not necessary to be present in the reaction media, and CuI, one major requirement for the typical homogeneous Sonogashira reaction, could be completely omitted without affecting the catalytic activity of β-CD/Pd nanoparticles. This study offers a new example of using β-CD-capped metal nanoparticles as a novel nanocatalyst for catalytic organic reaction in aqueous solution.


Sonogashira reaction β-CD-capped Pd nanoparticles aqueous media nanocatalyst 



The authors thank the National Science Foundation for financial support. The authors would like to thank reviewers for their invaluable comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cuihua Xue
    • 1
  • Kumaranand Palaniappan
    • 1
  • Ganesh Arumugam
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Hackney
    • 2
  • Jian Liu
    • 1
  • Haiying Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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