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"Metallodendrimers as a Catalyst: An Overview"

Shivani R.Pandya1*, Rajlakshmi Chetty2, Sachin B Undre3

1School of Nanosciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India

2School of Chemical Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India

3Department of Chemistry H.V.H.P. Institute of Post Graduate Studies and Research, KadiUniversity,kadi 382715 Gujarat, India.      

*Corresponding author:Shivani R. Pandya,Research Scholar,School of Nanosciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India. Tel: +919408432212; Email:

Received Date:18 November, 2017; Accepted Date:14 December, 2017; Published Date: 21 December, 2017

1.      Introduction

Metallodendrimers belongs to the class of large hyperbranched polymeric compounds with incorporated metal atoms. Mtallodendrimers are supramolecular moieties having novel physical, biological, Optical, electrochemical and catalytic properties. The initiation of incorporating metal ions in the dendritic framework (Figure 1) backs to the early 90’s by Balzani and Newkome’s[1-4].

The approaches used commonly either by internal metal complexation, use of metal branching centers or encapsulation at the specific binding site. In tradition, metal inclusion occurs after construction of dendritic framework in which metal’s role as a connector as core or monomer, building block connectors, structural auxiliaries and branching centers. (Figure 2)After that, since 90’s incredible work has been carried out in the field of metallodendrimers with applications of synthetic novel materials as drug carriers[5,6], enzyme mimics[7,8],MRI contrast agents[9]and biocatalyst[10].Metal ions that are used till now dates to Ru, Os, Bi, Ge, Si, Zn, Fe, Pt, Pd, Er, Eu, Tb, CO, Cu. C60[2,3,11-23]as acore, connector and peripheral group. It has been discussed with details in a review article by Newkome et al.[24] published in chemical reviews explanation about different types of metallodendrimers and their chemical mechanism involved in it.This present overview attempts to touch the recent progress of metallodendrimers in the field of catalysis.

2.      Metallodendrimers as a Catalyst

The Au nanoparticle were formulated by Au-PAMAM metallodendrimer through in situreduction using Na[BH4] had set path for effective formation of nanoparticles by PAMAM-based dendritic stabilizers[25]In another study amidoamine based dendrimers with peripheral Pd-Fe units has used in Heck reaction[26].The study reports cooperative, positive effect of palladium containing amidoamine core metallodendrimers in the Heck-Mizoroki cross coupling of iodobenzene with tert-butyl acrylate following heterogeneous carbon-carbon cross-coupling(Schema 1).

In a very interesting study, the 4th generation PAMAM dendrimer with mixed Pd-Au and Pd-Pt NPs demonstrated more effective hydrogenation reaction in comparison to monometallic Pt or Pd catalyst[27-29].The reason for such effective reaction may be due to rigid open structure of dendrimers and easy accessibility of substrate to active sites. Furthermore, the dendritic framework serves as a selectivity stage for the reactant and product, signifying high potential of dendrimer Nano catalyst as a control of catalytic chemical composition, solubility and recovery[28]. To study the effect of the dendrimer´s generation on the catalytic activity El-Sayed in 2001 used PAMAM dendrimer-stabilized NPs in Suzuki cross-coupling reactions[30].

The first DAB dendrimer catalyst synthesized by Reetz in 1997, that reports the Heck reaction of bromobenzene and styrene to form trans-1, 2-diphenylethylene (Figure 3) yielded higher yield than traditional method[31].

The same reaction using palladium-dendrimer complex supported by silica through three generation was reported by Alper et 2000[32].However, the highest conversion factor was observed with 1stgeneration catalyst and higher turnover numbers (TONs) with 2nd generation catalyst after 6 hours. In contrast, Alper claims recyclability of the catalyst with no confirmational data proving the same.

Interestingly, Jacobsen et al. in 2000 represented the use of dendrimer catalyst in selective epoxidation reaction in addition to the epoxidation using Salen/metal complexes. In this work commercially, available Poly Amidoamine (PAMAM) was coupled with Cobalt-Salen moiety leading to the formation of 3rd generation dendrimers with n-Co-PAMAM (n=4/8/16). The epoxidation reaction was carried out with both monomeric catalyst and the dendrimers catalyst. It was found that there was no conversion taking place after 40 hours of the reaction, whereas the dendrimers catalyst showed 50% conversion with recovery of starting material and >98% enantioselectivity (ee). Further increase in generation of dendrimers and employment of the same in the reaction showed higher ee with a lower conversion rate. In contrast to the kinetic resolution of epoxides by Jacobsen, Bhyrappa et al. did shape selective epoxidation using metalloporphyrin dendrimers[33,34].A more accessible double bond in non-conjugated dienes is possible with higher generation along with higher yield using metalloporphyrin dendrimers in comparison to monomeric tetraphenylporphyrin.

Mizugaki et al. in 1999 studied selective hydrogenation of dienes to monoenes using DAB-dendr-[N(CH2PPh2)2PdCl2]16 (DAB-dendr = 1,4-diaminobutane polyamino)[35]. The metaled dendrimers catalyst was synthesized by reaction of commercially available dendrimer DAB-dendr-(NH2)16with Ph2PCH2OH. The terminal phosphines were complexed using [PdCl2(PhCN)2] to give Pd-metallodendrimer catalyst. The catalytic activity was considerably higher than the traditional monomeric catalyst PhN(CH2PPh2)2PdCl2. However, the dendrimer catalyst selectively hydrogenated cyclopentadiene to cyclopentene, whereas, the traditional catalyst hydrogenated both double bonds. However, the activity of dendrimer catalyst is lower than Pd/C or Pd/Al2O3which is not reusable whereas the dendrimers catalyst can recover by centrifugation and could be reused with minor loss in its activity. The another metallodendrimer synthesized by Jayaram et al. with poly(alkyl-aryl-ether) core and phosphine terminal groups complexes using [Rh(COD)Cl2(Figure 4) where a steady increase in TONs was observed with increasing generation[36].Notably the highest TONs of 900 in a 60-minute cycle was recorded by the metalodendrimer catalyst whereas the monomeric catalyst reached only just 450 in 60 minutes. In a similar method Zhan et al. used the same core by combining with [Ru(COD)2][BF4]for asymmetric hydrogenation. The catalyst was reused five times with same enantioselectivity[37].

In 2007 Scrimin et al. used ZnIII complexes of triazacyclononane functionalized DAB dendrimer as transphosphorylation catalyst for cleavage of RNA model substrate HPNPP[38] (Figure 5).

In summary, it could be stated that the metallodendrimers for catalysis is not confined to few examples represented. The potential application of dendrimers, metallodendrimers and bio-metallodendrimers is impactful and extensive not only in catalysis but also in dendrimer based medicines, gene delivery, MRI agents, light emitting diodes, chemical sensors, molecular recognition, and as a biomemic agent. 

Figure 1: Schematic representation of dendrimeric framework.

Figure 2: Potential uses and positioning of metals within dendritic structure[24].

Scheme1: Representative Heck-Mizoroki cross coupling using Pd containing amidoamine containing metallodendrimer as a catalyst[26].

Figure 3: Representative DAB-Dendrimer for Heck reaction[31].

Figure 4: Representative [Rh(COD)Cl2] complexed poly(alkyl-aryl-ether) metallodendrimer.

Figure 5: Representative structure of ZnIII complexes of triazacyclononane functionalized DAB dendrimer with two metal centers[38].

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Citation:Pandya SR, Chetty R, Undre SB (2017) Metallodendrimers as a Catalyst: An Overview. J Nanomed Nanosci: JNAN-134. DOI: 10.29011/JNAN-134. 100034