Abstract Copper sites are supported on Al-MCM41 by thermally treating copper(II) triflate that was deposited using the incipient wetness method. The change of the chemical state of the triflate anions following thermal treatment is monitored using TGA and SEM-EDX. Thermal treatment yields copper sites that then can be modified with chiral tert-butyl-azabis(oxazoline) by adding a solution of this ligand to the support using incipient wetness. The catalyst produced in this way is efficient and stable with good enantioselectivity, and can be used in the cyclopropanation of styrene with ethyl diazoacetate under conditions employing an elevated temperature. The use of thermal treatment in the catalyst preparation method produces catalysts that are superior to the solids prepared by cation exchange or incipient wetness of the pre-formed complex.
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