Main obstacle for adopting continuous processes as a standard technology for Mizoroki-Heck reaction usually lies in its specific reaction mechanism. Here we present an important step forward answering the challenges unraveled through a comprehensive study that provides deeper understanding on the Mizoroki-Heck reaction, in particular the case when iodobenzene and butyl acrylate react in a continuous packed bed reactor in the presence of a Pd Supported Ionic Liquid Catalyst (SILCA). On-line UV–VIS spectrometry supported by ICP-OES, TEM and XPS measurements were carried out and the catalyst leaching was minimized. Finally, simple continuous flow process was proposed resulting in a high catalytic activity (up to 1470 molArI molPd−1h−1) and reaching productivity in the range of 12,000 to 16,000 molArI molPd−1 thus competing with the performance of commercial catalysts.
- Supported ionic liquid catalyst
- Mizoroki-Heck reaction
- Continuous flow
- Heterogeneous catalysis
- Release-and-catch mechanism