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Eco-Friendly Synthesis of Fine Chemicals Editor: Roberto Ballini



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This book contains 292 pages.
Print publication date: 17 Apr 2009
Copyright year: 2009
Print ISBN: 978-1-84755-908-1
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84755-976-0
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The 20th century has seen a phenomenal growth in the global economy and continuous improvement in the standard of living in the industrialized countries. Sustainable development has become an ideal target in recent years and in the early 1990s the concept of "Green chemistry" was launched in the USA as a new paradigm, and since 1993 it has been promoted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The success of the pharmaceutical industry is, in large part, due to the towering achievement of organic chemistry, a mature science which emerged as a distinct discipline well over 150 years ago, however this has been both a blessing and a curse. Many of our most reliable strategies for assembling target molecules employ reactions which are fifty to one hundred years old and are often named in honour of their discoverers. During these early years, the chronic toxicological properties of chemicals were often completely unknown and many unwittingly became indispensable tools of the trade. Early pioneers in green chemistry included Trost (who developed the atom economy principle) and Sheldon (who developed the E-Factor). These measures were introduced to encourage the use of more sustainable chemistry and provide some benchmarking data to encourage scientists to aspire to more benign synthesis. Green chemistry is essentially the design of chemical processes and procedures that reduce or eliminate the use, or the generation, of hazardous substances. Green chemistry is a growing area of research and an increasing number of researchers are now involved in this field. The number of publications has dramatically increased and new recognition of advances made is necessary with respect to other research areas. The synthesis of "Fine Chemicals" represents one of the main goals in organic synthesis and this new book extensively examines the main processes and procedures for their preparation under eco-friendly conditions.

The book is a collection of selected research topics delivered by scientists involved in some of the more prominent fields of green chemistry. It is devoted to the synthesis of fine chemicals by the use of alternative eco-friendly solvents (ionic liquids, polyethylene glycol, water, etc.), supported organic catalysis, microwave irradiation or high pressure as contributors to more efficient processes, photochemistry as a green procedure and solvent-free processes. Each chapter gives an introduction to the various methods or procedures and their contribution to green chemistry and a variety of the most representative examples of the eco-friendly synthesis of fine chemicals are reported and discussed. In addition, there is a chapter dedicated to the application of simple reaction to the synthesis of complex molecules.The chapters are all written by authors who are experts in their field and are exhaustively referenced and the book will be invaluable for researchers and industrialists as well as academia.

From the book series:
RSC Green Chemistry

Author information

Roberto Ballini is a Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Camerino, Italy. His research interest is mainly dedicated to organic synthesis, with particular emphasis on the field of eco-friendly processes (green chemistry). Professor Ballini's group has developed a variety of collaborations with other Universities worldwide conducting similar research. Of particular interest to them all is the chemistry of aliphatic nitro compounds, employed for the generation of carbon-carbon single and multiple bonds and carbon-carbon double bonds as well as for the cleavage of the carbon-carbon bonds. The obtained products find widespread utilization as key building blocks in the synthesis of important targets such as natural products featuring enhanced biological activity. This scientific activity has resulted in more than 210 publications in the main scientific journals, including several Review articles, mainly in the fields of organic synthesis and eco-friendly processes (green chemistry). Professor Ballini has been invited to attend conferences in various national and international meetings and symposiums and has been a lecturer in several worldwide Universities.