Chinese Journal of Applied Chemistry ›› 2016, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (3): 245-266.DOI: 10.11944/j.issn.1000-0518.2016.03.150202

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Research Progress of Iron-catalyzed Cross-coupling Reactions

ZHOU Wenjunab*(),DENG Jiayinga   

  1. aCollege of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    bKey Laboratory of Fruit Waste Treatment and Resource Recycling of the Sichuan Provincial College,Neijiang Normal University,Neijiang,Sichuan 641112,China
  • Received:2015-06-15 Accepted:2015-11-12 Published:2016-03-02 Online:2016-03-02
  • Contact: ZHOU Wenjun
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the Sichuan Province Education Office Fostering Projects(No.12ZZ012), Youth Found of Sichuan Province Education Office(No.12ZB074, No.11ZB024, NO.13ZB0002), the Startup Foundation of Ph. D. Scientific Research of Neijiang Normal University


Transition metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction which has advantages of simple operation, mild reaction conditions, and broad scope of substrates is one of the most efficient methods for the construction of carbon-carbon bonds. Iron is one of the potential green catalysts as it is one of the most abundant, inexpensive metals on earth, and environmentally friendly. Iron salts and iron-containing compounds are widely commercially available. Recently, more and more studies report the use of iron as catalyst in cross-coupling reactions. This paper reviews the recent advances in iron-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions based on different raw materials and we hope to provide some inspiration for relative research.

Key words: iron catalysts, cross-coupling reaction, organic synthesis, progress