By Sergio Cenini, Fabio Ragaini (auth.)
About 8 years in the past, the catalytic carbonylation of natural nitro compounds was once a study box constructed sufficient to justify a slightly lengthy assessment in this topic. Now, we consider that the clinical effects and new achievements during this box, extremely important even from an commercial viewpoint, require a ebook so as to be properly offered. the contest among the catalytic carbonylation of natural nitro compounds and different chemical routes for the synthesis of various natural compounds has now not but come to an finish, yet many progresses were performed within the former box. We additionally wish to emphasize that this sort of learn doesn't simply contain suitable business difficulties to be solved, however it opens a examine box the place the educational pursuits (mechanism of the reactions, isolation of the intermediates within the catalytic cycles, synthesis of version compounds and so forth) can discover a lot of opportunities.
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These results in general indicate that a high conversion of TDI achieved over a short contact time is favourable for a high TDI selectivity. At low rates, that is with longer contact times, the possibility of accumulation of intermediate isocyanates and of side reactions leading to polymeric products tend to decrease the TDI selectivity. In this context, it is important to recall that both 2- and 4TMI polymerise more easily than TDI . Their fast conversion into TDI is thus especially desirable.
However, in the absence of a catalyst, this reaction requires drastic conditions in order to occur . Moreover, azobenzene, instead of phenylisocyanate, was obtained from nitrobenzene in 97 % yield only at 250 °C and under 3000 atm of carbon monoxide . However, it should be noted that some Fe(CO)5 was surely present under so forcing conditions, since this last complex has been reported to be formed by reaction of CO with the stainless steel walls of an autoclave even under far milder conditions .
In the presence of Bipy, at 180 DC and 120 atm, dry CoCh gave PhNCO in 68 % SYNTHESIS OF ISOCYANATES 29 yield in trichlorotrifluoroethane as solvent; TDI and 4,4'diphenylmethanediisocyanate have been similarly obtained. Analogously to cobalt, the addition of ligands such as pyridine and quinoline to PdCh and RhCh notably increases the activity of the metal salts. Thus PhNCO and TDI were obtained in 70-80 % yields at 200-210 °C and 120 atm, by adding pyridine to PdCh, in chloro- or a-dichlorobenzene as solvents [38, 39].