Green catalytic synthesis of phenprocoumon

Natalia Candu, Andras Tompos, Emilia Talas, Madalina Tudorache, Simona M. Coman

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The catalytic potential of triflate-based activated carbon composites has been investigated in phenprocoumon (C3-alkylated compound) synthesis, through the alkylation of 4-hydroxycoumarin with phenyl-ethyl-carbinol. The main reaction products are O-and C3-alkylated compounds. However, O-alkylated product is more easily produced to the detriment of the C3-alkylated compound, the selective synthesis of the last being a challenge in these conditions. Both the conversion of 4-hydroxycoumarin and the selectivity to C3-alkylated compound is highly influenced by the physico-chemical characteristics of the catalysts and the reaction conditions. The highest 4-hydroxycoumarin conversions (16.0-30.0%) and selectivity to phenprocoumon (94.0-99.7%) were achieved with triflate-based activated carbon composites, characterized by the existence of strong Brønsted acid sites, optimal Lewis/Brønsted acid ratio, and bimodal micro-/mesoporosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalStudia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Chemia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • 4-hydroxycoumarin
  • Activated carbon
  • Friedel-crafts alkylation
  • Phenprocoumon
  • Triflic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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