Copper and Magnetic Activated Carbon Nanocomposites: Application as Recoverable Catalyst for C–S Coupling Reaction


  • Vajihe Nejadshafiee
  • Ehsan Ghonchepour
  • Hojatollah Khabazzadeh
  • Shahrzad Mahdavi Aliabad
  • Fatemeh Hassani Bagheri
  • Mohammad Reza Islami



Magnetic nanoparticles, C-S coupling, Green catalyst, Quinazoline, Activated carbon


In this study, activated carbon (AC) was prepared from pistachio nut shell precursor as agricultural by-product. The prepared AC was used to synthesize an efficient nanocomposite via loading of the copper metal and magnetic nanoparticles (Cu-MAC@C4H8SO3H NCs) onto its structure. The structure of the nanocatalyst was characterized by different methods such as FT-IR, TEM, EDS, XRD, VSM, and TGA analysis. The catalytic activity of the prepared composite was tested in a special C–S coupling, namely with the reaction of 2-mercapto-3-phenylquinazolin-4(3H)-one with iodobenzene or bromobenzene. The products of the aryl thioquinazoline derivatives were obtained in good yields and in short reaction times and the products were characterized with 1H, 13C NMR and CHNS analysis. On the other hand, with easy and high recovery of Cu-MAC@C4H8SO3H NCs through magnetic separation, a simple and green method to enhance the efficiency of the nanocatalyst has been provided. The nanocatalyst was reused in the next reaction in up to five cycles without obvious activity decrease.







Organic chemistry