Background: In this investigation, nano-Fe3O4@ZrO2-H3PO4 (n-FZPA), as a magnetic catalyst
for the preparation of some important fluoroquinolones has been reported.
Methods: These compounds were synthesized by the two-component reaction of piperazine derivatives
or (4aR,7aR)-octahydro-1H-pyrrolo[3,4-b] pyridine with a series of 7-halo-6-fluoroquinolone-3-
carboxylic acids upon reflux condition in water as a green solvent.
Results: In the final outcomes, it was found that n-FZPA has high catalytic activity for the preparation of
fluoroquinolone derivatives in high yield. Besides, the recyclability of this material has been investigated
showing that the n-FZPA could be reused at least three times without any change in its catalytic properties.
Conclusion: This novel and green catalytic procedure provides quick pathway to the target products upon
refluxing water with the simple work‐up procedure, and without the use of dangerous organic solvents.