Aurones were synthesized through an oxidation-cyclization tandem reaction of 2-(1-
hydroxyprop-2-ynyl)phenols catalyzed by copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs) with bipyridine as the ligand.
In the reaction, oxygen worked as a green and mild oxidant to give the best results. Cu NPs were dually
activated by bipyridine ligand and water, and showed highly efficient catalytic activities to the oxygen
oxidation and the cylization to give aurones and flavonoids.
Keywords: Aurones, bipyridine, oxidation-cyclization, tandem reaction, copper nanoparticles, oxygen oxidation.
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