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Themed collection 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles

51 articles
Open Access Perspective

Deoxygenation of biobased molecules by decarboxylation and decarbonylation – a review on the role of heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio-catalysis

During decarboxylation and decarbonylation of biomass the activity of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts is mainly determined by temperature not by its nature; enzymes display higher activity.

Graphical abstract: Deoxygenation of biobased molecules by decarboxylation and decarbonylation – a review on the role of heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio-catalysis
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Open Access Perspective

Opportunities for greener alternatives in chemical formulations

Formulated products contain some components that need to be replaced because of identified or suspected negative effects on health or the environment.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities for greener alternatives in chemical formulations
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Open Access Perspective

Greening the global phosphorus cycle: how green chemistry can help achieve planetary P sustainability

Opportunities for green chemistry in the P cycle.

Graphical abstract: Greening the global phosphorus cycle: how green chemistry can help achieve planetary P sustainability
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Perspective

Reductive functionalization of CO2 with amines: an entry to formamide, formamidine and methylamine derivatives

Unprecedented transformations have been developed over the last years to convert amines to formamides, formamidines and methylamines, in the presence of CO2 as a reagent. These emerging technologies are reviewed in this perspective and the opportunities and challenges facing the practical use of CO2 in the production of nitrogen molecules are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Reductive functionalization of CO2 with amines: an entry to formamide, formamidine and methylamine derivatives
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Tutorial Review

Silica-nanosphere-based organic–inorganic hybrid nanomaterials: synthesis, functionalization and applications in catalysis

Fabrication of silica nanosphere based organic–inorganic hybrid materials and their applications in the field of catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Silica-nanosphere-based organic–inorganic hybrid nanomaterials: synthesis, functionalization and applications in catalysis
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Tutorial Review

Sustainable conversion of carbon dioxide: the advent of organocatalysis

The conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2), an abundant renewable carbon reagent, into chemicals of academic and industrial interest is of imminent importance to create a higher degree of sustainability in chemical processing and production.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable conversion of carbon dioxide: the advent of organocatalysis
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Tutorial Review

Rules and benefits of Life Cycle Assessment in green chemical process and synthesis design: a tutorial review

The implementation of Life Cycle Assessment and related methods in green chemical process and synthesis design strongly supports the development of greener concepts on the basis of deep and profound insights into the dependences between the selection of compounds and process parameters and the resulting environmental impacts.

Graphical abstract: Rules and benefits of Life Cycle Assessment in green chemical process and synthesis design: a tutorial review
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Critical Review

Polyol synthesis of nanoparticles: status and options regarding metals, oxides, chalcogenides, and non-metal elements

The polyol synthesis of nanoparticles is reviewed, including metals, oxides, main-group elements and recent strategies to expand the method's limits.

Graphical abstract: Polyol synthesis of nanoparticles: status and options regarding metals, oxides, chalcogenides, and non-metal elements
From the themed collection: Green solvents for synthesis
Critical Review

CO2 methanation over heterogeneous catalysts: recent progress and future prospects

This review describes an overview on much of the recent work in catalytic methanation of CO2 and its future prospects.

Graphical abstract: CO2 methanation over heterogeneous catalysts: recent progress and future prospects
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Open Access Critical Review

Non-heme iron catalysts for epoxidation and aziridination reactions of challenging terminal alkenes: towards sustainability

This review presents non-heme iron catalyzed epoxidations and aziridinations of terminal alkenes with respect to atom economy and sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Non-heme iron catalysts for epoxidation and aziridination reactions of challenging terminal alkenes: towards sustainability
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Open Access Critical Review

Reclamation of reactive metal oxides from complex minerals using alkali roasting and leaching – an improved approach to process engineering

This review highlights the alkali roasting of aluminium, chromium and titanium minerals as an alternative to mitigate the environmental pressure associated with their mineral processing.

Graphical abstract: Reclamation of reactive metal oxides from complex minerals using alkali roasting and leaching – an improved approach to process engineering
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Critical Review

When iron met phosphines: a happy marriage for reduction catalysis

This review highlights the recent and prolific progress made in the use of iron–phosphine based catalysts in selective reductions including enantioselective hydrogenation.

Graphical abstract: When iron met phosphines: a happy marriage for reduction catalysis
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Critical Review

Towards the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into methanol

Electrocatalysis for carbon dioxide conversion into methanol.

Graphical abstract: Towards the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into methanol
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Critical Review

Bio-derived materials as a green route for precious & critical metal recovery and re-use

Overview of research in critical and precious metal recovery using biosorption, application to real-life wastes and uses of the metal-loaded materials.

Graphical abstract: Bio-derived materials as a green route for precious & critical metal recovery and re-use
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Critical Review

From iridium and platinum to copper and carbon: new avenues for more sustainability in organic light-emitting diodes

In this article, we analyse materials and techniques used in OLED manufacturing in terms of sustainability and highlight upcoming trends which are supposed to further enhance this technologies sustainability.

Graphical abstract: From iridium and platinum to copper and carbon: new avenues for more sustainability in organic light-emitting diodes
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Critical Review

Sustainable metal-based catalysts for the synthesis of cyclic carbonates containing five-membered rings

The synthesis of cyclic carbonates from epoxides and carbon dioxide using sustainable metal-based catalysts is critically reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable metal-based catalysts for the synthesis of cyclic carbonates containing five-membered rings
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Critical Review

Catalytic routes towards acrylic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactam starting from biorenewables

Go bio! We assess the biobased productions of three important bulk chemicals: acrylic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactam. These are the key monomers for high-end polymers and are all produced globally in excess of two million metric tons per year.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic routes towards acrylic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactam starting from biorenewables
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Critical Review

Recent advances in the catalytic production of glucose from lignocellulosic biomass

This review presents highlights in the recent advances and strategies for the catalytic production of glucose from lignocellulosic biomass over various homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the catalytic production of glucose from lignocellulosic biomass
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Open Access Critical Review

Enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic polysaccharides in the presence of ionic liquids

This article reviews the recent progress in designing compatible ionic liquid–enzymatic systems for biomass pretreatment and hydrolysis as a step in the production of biofuels and -chemicals from lignocellulosic polysaccharides.

Graphical abstract: Enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic polysaccharides in the presence of ionic liquids
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Critical Review

Graphitic carbon nitride polymers: promising catalysts or catalyst supports for heterogeneous oxidation and hydrogenation

The review summarizes recent oxidation and hydrogenation strategies catalyzed by g-C3N4 based systems.

Graphical abstract: Graphitic carbon nitride polymers: promising catalysts or catalyst supports for heterogeneous oxidation and hydrogenation
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Critical Review

Recent advances in catalysis in micellar media

Micellar catalysis is nowadays a well established approach to convert traditional catalytic reactions commonly run in organic solvents into more efficient, selective, recyclable green catalytic reactions.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in catalysis in micellar media
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Critical Review

Fixation of CO2 into cyclic carbonates catalyzed by ionic liquids: a multi-scale approach

The fixation of CO2 into cyclic carbonates using the emerging ionic liquid (IL) technology is reviewed from a multi-scale viewpoint.

Graphical abstract: Fixation of CO2 into cyclic carbonates catalyzed by ionic liquids: a multi-scale approach
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Critical Review

Nanoporous catalysts for biomass conversion

This review is to discuss and evaluate the nanoporous catalysts including functionalized resins, metal oxides, carbons, mesoporous silicas, polydivinylbenzene, and zeolites used in the biomass transformation.

Graphical abstract: Nanoporous catalysts for biomass conversion
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Critical Review

Recent progress on supported polyoxometalates for biodiesel synthesis via esterification and transesterification

The present review comprises recent advances on supported polyoxometalates for biodiesel synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress on supported polyoxometalates for biodiesel synthesis via esterification and transesterification
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Critical Review

Chemical conversion pathways for carbohydrates

This review covers general chemical routes used to convert cellulosic biomass into useful platform chemicals with specific focus on aqueous-based processing.

Graphical abstract: Chemical conversion pathways for carbohydrates
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Critical Review

Metal oxides and polysaccharides: an efficient hybrid association for materials chemistry

Polysaccharides are ideal templates for greening the synthesis of metal oxides by biotemplating and bio-replication.

Graphical abstract: Metal oxides and polysaccharides: an efficient hybrid association for materials chemistry
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Communication

A novel green protocol for ligand free Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reactions in WEB at room temperature

A highly efficient green protocol for palladium acetate-catalysed ligand-free Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reactions in neat ‘water extract of banana (WEB)’ was developed. Suzuki–Miyaura reaction proceeds in WEB at very short reaction times under ‘ligand/external base/external promoters/organic medium’ free conditions.

Graphical abstract: A novel green protocol for ligand free Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reactions in WEB at room temperature
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Open Access Communication

Hybrid wood materials with improved fire retardance by bio-inspired mineralisation on the nano- and submicron level

Sustainable societies require the development of engineered hybrid materials. Bio-inspired mineralization of the wood cell wall architecture with calcium carbonate offers a green alternative to conventional fire-retardant systems.

Graphical abstract: Hybrid wood materials with improved fire retardance by bio-inspired mineralisation on the nano- and submicron level
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Open Access Communication

One-pot triangular chemoenzymatic cascades for the syntheses of chiral alkaloids from dopamine

One-pot, one-substrate, triangular chemoenzymatic cascades featuring transaminase (TAm) and norcoclaurine synthase (NCS) enables the formation of (S)-benzylisoquinoline and (S)-tetrahydroprotoberberine alkaloids.

Graphical abstract: One-pot triangular chemoenzymatic cascades for the syntheses of chiral alkaloids from dopamine
From the themed collection: 2015 most accessed Green Chemistry articles
Open Access Communication

The effect of changing the components of an ionic liquid upon the solubility of lignin

Changing the cation of an ionic liquid was shown to have a significant effect on lignin solubility, with interaction of aromatic cations with the solute being significant. The effect of the anion on lignin solubility was negligible, above a minimum hydrogen bond basicity.

Graphical abstract: The effect of changing the components of an ionic liquid upon the solubility of lignin
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Communication

Upgrading biomass-derived furans via acid-catalysis/hydrogenation: the remarkable difference between water and methanol as the solvent

Water and methanol affect the acid-catalysis conversion and the hydrogenation of the biomass derived furans via very different ways.

Graphical abstract: Upgrading biomass-derived furans via acid-catalysis/hydrogenation: the remarkable difference between water and methanol as the solvent
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Open Access Paper

Prediction of microalgae hydrothermal liquefaction products from feedstock biochemical composition

Models for microalgae hydrothermal liquefaction were developed from conversion of Nannochloropsis cultivated to varying biochemical composition and fatty acid content.

Graphical abstract: Prediction of microalgae hydrothermal liquefaction products from feedstock biochemical composition
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Selective and controllable purification of monomeric lignin model compounds via aqueous phase reforming

Selective and controllable removal of methoxy groups in liquid hot water without ring hydration from lignin model compounds. Description of reaction routes and kinetics.

Graphical abstract: Selective and controllable purification of monomeric lignin model compounds via aqueous phase reforming
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Paper

A cellulose sponge with robust superhydrophilicity and under-water superoleophobicity for highly effective oil/water separation

A cellulose sponge with properties of superhydrophilicity and under-water superoleophobicity gives 99.94% separation efficiency in oil–water emulsion separation.

Graphical abstract: A cellulose sponge with robust superhydrophilicity and under-water superoleophobicity for highly effective oil/water separation
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Open Access Paper

Towards a holistic approach to metrics for the 21st century pharmaceutical industry

A unified metrics toolkit has been developed to evaluate sustainability of reactions, encompassing a comprehensive and holistic range of criteria for measuring how green a reaction is, covering quantitative and qualitative criteria both upstream and downstream of the reaction itself.

Graphical abstract: Towards a holistic approach to metrics for the 21st century pharmaceutical industry
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Open Access Paper

A green chemistry-based classification model for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles

The Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA) method allows the derivation of a model that can be used for classification of existing or new production processes for silver nanoparticles in preference-ordered classes on the basis of the principles of green chemistry.

Graphical abstract: A green chemistry-based classification model for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles
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Open Access Paper

Comprehensive elucidation of the effect of residual lignin on the physical, barrier, mechanical and surface properties of nanocellulose films

We elucidate the effect of residual lignin on the interfacial, physical and mechanical properties of lignocellulose nanofibrils (LCNF) and respective nanopapers.

Graphical abstract: Comprehensive elucidation of the effect of residual lignin on the physical, barrier, mechanical and surface properties of nanocellulose films
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Biomass-derived porous carbon materials with sulfur and nitrogen dual-doping for energy storage

Biomass-derived porous carbon material with sulfur and nitrogen dual-doping exhibits great potential for energy storage devices.

Graphical abstract: Biomass-derived porous carbon materials with sulfur and nitrogen dual-doping for energy storage
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A synergistic biorefinery based on catalytic conversion of lignin prior to cellulose starting from lignocellulosic biomass

One step conversion of lignin from intact biomass to two phenol products, improving access to aromatics and fuels.

Graphical abstract: A synergistic biorefinery based on catalytic conversion of lignin prior to cellulose starting from lignocellulosic biomass
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Design of low-cost ionic liquids for lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment

The cost of ionic liquids (ILs) is a barrier to utilization in cellulosic biorefinery pretreatment. Our low-cost [HSO4] ILs are nearly as efficient as standard [OAc] options.

Graphical abstract: Design of low-cost ionic liquids for lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment
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Synthesis of metal–organic frameworks in water at room temperature: salts as linker sources

Salts as linker sources allow the preparation of high-quality carboxylate-based MOFs under unprecedented sustainable conditions: room temperature and water as the sole solvent.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of metal–organic frameworks in water at room temperature: salts as linker sources
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Open Access Paper

Rare-earth recycling using a functionalized ionic liquid for the selective dissolution and revalorization of Y2O3:Eu3+ from lamp phosphor waste

A recycling process for lamp phosphor waste has been developed based on the selective dissolution and revalorization of the valuable red lamp phosphor Y2O3:Eu3+ in the functionalized ionic liquid [Hbet][Tf2N].

Graphical abstract: Rare-earth recycling using a functionalized ionic liquid for the selective dissolution and revalorization of Y2O3:Eu3+ from lamp phosphor waste
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Open Access Paper

Catalytic depolymerisation of isolated lignins to fine chemicals using a Pt/alumina catalyst: part 1—impact of the lignin structure

Catalytic depolymerisation of lignins with different β-O-4 linkage percentages affected both the yield and the nature of aromatic monomeric products.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic depolymerisation of isolated lignins to fine chemicals using a Pt/alumina catalyst: part 1—impact of the lignin structure
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Open Access Paper

Acid-catalyzed algal biomass pretreatment for integrated lipid and carbohydrate-based biofuels production

One of the major challenges associated with algal biofuels production in a biorefinery-type setting is improving biomass utilization in its entirety, increasing the process energetic yields and providing economically viable and scalable co-product concepts.

Graphical abstract: Acid-catalyzed algal biomass pretreatment for integrated lipid and carbohydrate-based biofuels production
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Open Access Paper

Preliminary toxicity and ecotoxicity assessment of methyltrioxorhenium and its derivatives

The initial evaluation of the hazard potential of MTO shows that it causes strong short-term (eco)toxicological effects and offers preliminary indications of its genotoxic potential.

Graphical abstract: Preliminary toxicity and ecotoxicity assessment of methyltrioxorhenium and its derivatives
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Open Access Paper

Ionic liquids: not always innocent solvents for cellulose

A comprehensive investigation into the limitations, reactivity and chemical decomposition mechanisms of ionic liquid–carbohydrate mixtures.

Graphical abstract: Ionic liquids: not always innocent solvents for cellulose
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Open Access Paper

Lignin solubilisation and gentle fractionation in liquid ammonia

It's definitely not water! The complete dissolution of lignin in pure liquid ammonia opens opportunities for converting this abundant yet stubborn biopolymer to useful aromatics under moderate conditions.

Graphical abstract: Lignin solubilisation and gentle fractionation in liquid ammonia
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Pd/C-catalyzed reactions of HMF: decarbonylation, hydrogenation, and hydrogenolysis

The diverse reactivity of 5-hydroxymethylfural (HMF) in Pd/C-catalyzed reactions is described with emphasis on the role of additives that affect selectivity.

Graphical abstract: Pd/C-catalyzed reactions of HMF: decarbonylation, hydrogenation, and hydrogenolysis
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Open Access Paper

Renewable polycarbonates and polyesters from 1,4-cyclohexadiene

Epoxides derived from 1,4-cyclohexadiene (CHD), the latter produced from renewable resources via self-metathesis of plant oil derivatives, are applied as key substrates in ring-opening copolymerizations to produce aliphatic polycarbonates and polyesters.

Graphical abstract: Renewable polycarbonates and polyesters from 1,4-cyclohexadiene
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Palladium-heterogenized porous polyimide materials as effective and recyclable catalysts for reactions in water

Functionalized porous polyimides were used as supports for palladium complexes leading to efficient catalysts for the Suzuki cross-coupling of water.

Graphical abstract: Palladium-heterogenized porous polyimide materials as effective and recyclable catalysts for reactions in water
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Open Access Paper

Selective modification of the β–β linkage in DDQ-treated Kraft lignin analysed by 2D NMR spectroscopy

Analysis of the selective transformation of the β–β linkage in Kraft lignin using readily accessible 2D HSQC NMR protocols.

Graphical abstract: Selective modification of the β–β linkage in DDQ-treated Kraft lignin analysed by 2D NMR spectroscopy
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