Cu–tetracatechol metallopolymer catalyst for three component click reactions and β-borylation of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds†
Phenol–metal coordination polymers are used in applications such as catalysis, sensing and separation science. In addition, combining eco-friendly conditions with economical and handling advantages of the polymeric catalyst is of interest to the community. Here, we report a simple one pot synthesis of a tetracatechol based ligand and its coordination polymer with copper ions. The Cu polymer showed electrochemical potential with a band gap of 1.01 eV. The BET surface area of the metallopolymer was 91.19 m2 g−1 with 0.14 cm3 g−1 pore volume. The polymer catalyst was used in a one pot three component click reaction and in the borylation of unsaturated carbonyl compounds with a maximum 99% conversion in water and good turnover efficiency even after 4 repetitive catalysis cycles. The polymer catalyst offers several advantages such as high activity, easy handling, scalability, recyclability and cost effectiveness.