Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Encapsulated Nickel/Cobalt Nanoparticle Catalysts for Olefin Migration of Allylarenes

Søren Kramer, Jerrik Jørgen Mielby, Kasper Spanggård Buss, Takeshi Kasama, Søren Kegnæs

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Olefin migration of allylarenes is typically performed with precious metal-based homogeneous catalysts. In contrast, very limited progress has been made using cheap, earth-abundant base metals as heterogeneous catalysts for these transformations - in spite of the obvious economic and environmental advantages. Herein, we report on the use of an easily prepared heterogeneous catalyst material for the migration of olefins, in particular allylarenes. The catalyst material consists of nickel/cobalt alloy nanoparticles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon shells. The encapsulated nanoparticles are stable in air and easily collected by centrifugation, filtration, or magnetic separation. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the catalysts can be reused several times providing continuously high yields of the olefin migration product.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number15
Pages (from-to)2930–2934
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Alkenes
  • Base metals
  • Migration
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Nanoparticles


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