Organic Reactions in Aqueous Media (#131)

Organic reactions are usually carried out in organic solvents. Organic solvents constitute over 85% of the organic waste produced by the chemical enterprise. They can be expensive to purchase, and even more costly to dispose of in an environmentally responsible fashion. Moreover, in addition to their known toxicity and flammability, they also present challenges when used at scale insofar as worker safety issues are concerned. Although there are several options among the so called alternative media, water constitutes the most likely general solution to minimizing use of organic solvents, and the associated huge generation of solvent waste streams. In this Symposium, water as the reaction medium will be highlighted, with presentations that illustrate how this medium can be used effectively to carry out valued organic transformations.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015