Fabrication of Core–Shell-Structured Organic–Inorganic Hybrid Nanocatalyst for the Expedient Synthesis of Polysubstituted Oxazoles via Tandem Oxidative Cyclization Pathway

The quest for designing efficient heterogeneous catalytic systems for tandem oxidative cyclization reactions has provided a great impetus to research efforts, as it enables the step-economic construction of complex heterocyclic molecules as well as confers the benefits of a facile catalytic recovery. In the present study, we disclose a new core–shell-structured organic–inorganic hybrid copper nanocatalyst fabricated via the covalent grafting of 2,2′-dipyridyl ketone ligand on amine-functionalized silica-encapsulated magnetite nanoparticles, followed by its metallation with cupric acetate for the tandem oxidative cyclization of amines and β-ketoesters, leading to the production of biologically active polysubstituted oxazole moieties. This programmed catalytic protocol proceeds via the formation of intermolecular C–C and C–N bonds by single-step synthesis and accommodates a broad combination of reaction coupling partners.