Issue 11, 2020

Making electrochemistry easily accessible to the synthetic chemist


A significantly renewed interest in synthetic electrochemistry is apparent in the increasing number of publications over the last few years. Electrochemical synthesis offers a mild, green and atom efficient route to interesting and useful molecules, thus avoiding harsh chemical oxidising and reducing agents used in traditional synthetic methods. As such, encouraging broader application of electrochemistry by synthetic chemists should be a priority. Despite the renewed interest there remains a barrier to widespread adoption of this technology derived from the extra knowledge and specialised equipment required. This has led to a knowledge gap between experienced electrochemists and those new in the field. In this tutorial we will bridge the knowledge gap by providing an easily accessible introduction which will enable synthetic chemists new to the field to explore electrochemistry. We will discuss mechanistic considerations, the setup of an electrochemical reaction with all its components, trouble shooting and selected examples from the literature.

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Article type
Tutorial Review
08 Apr 2020
13 May 2020
First published
21 May 2020
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Green Chem., 2020,22, 3358-3375

Making electrochemistry easily accessible to the synthetic chemist

C. Schotten, T. P. Nicholls, R. A. Bourne, N. Kapur, B. N. Nguyen and C. E. Willans, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 3358 DOI: 10.1039/D0GC01247E

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