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Methods and Reagents for Green Chemistry: An Introduction

Pietro Tundo (Editor), Alvise Perosa, Fulvio Zecchini

ISBN: 978-0-471-75400-8 June 2007 336 Pages


This book aims to stimulate and promote the wide-ranging aspects of green chemistry and its major role in ensuring sustainable development.

The book covers the following areas: green chemistry; green reagents and atom economy; safeguarding the atmosphere; industrial green catalysis; alternative reaction conditions; biocatalysis and green chemistry.

This book is based on the third edition of the Collection of Lectures of the Summer Schools on Green Chemistry held in Venice, Italy in the summers of 1998-2003 (sponsored by the European Commission, TMR and Improving Programmes and carried out by the Consortzio Interuniversitario La Chemica per l'Ambiente).

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1. The Four-Component reaction and Other MultiComponent Reactions of the Isocyanides (Ivar Ugi and Birgit Werner).

2. Carbohydrates as Renewable Raw Materials: A Major Challenge of Green Chemistry (Frieder W. Lichtenthaler).

3. Photoinitiated Synthesis: A Useful Perspective in Green Chemistry (Angelo Albini).

4. Dimethyl Caronate as a Green Reagent (Pietro Tundo & Maurizio Selva).


5. Ionic Liquids: "Designer" Solvents for Green Chemistry (Natalia V. Plechkova and Kenneth R. Seddon).

6. Supported Liquid-Phase Systems in Transition Metal Catalysis (Alvise Perosa and Sergei Zinovyev).

7. Organic Chemistry in Water: Green and Fast (Jan B. F. N. Engberts).

8. Formation, Mechanisms, and Minimization of Chlorinated Micropollutants (Dioxins) Formed in Technical Incineration Processes (Dieter Lenoir, Ernst Anton Feicht, Marchela Pandelova, and karl-Werner Schramm).


9. Green Chemistry: Catalysis and Waste Minimization (Roger A Sheldon).

10. Seamless Chemistry for Sustainability (Johan Thoen and Jean Luc Guillaume).

11. Enantioselective Metal Catalyzed Oxidation Processes (David StC. Black).

12. Zeolite Catalysts for Cleaner Technologies (Michel Guisnet).

13. Acid and Superacid Solid Materials as Noncontaminant Alternative Catalysts in Refining (José M. López Nieto).

14. The Oxidation of Isobutane to Methacrylic Acid: An Alternative Technology for MMA Production (Nicola Ballarini, Fabrizio Cavani, Hélène Degrand, Eric Etienne, Anne Pigano, Ferruccio Trifitrò, and J. L. Dubois).

15. Biocatalysis for Industrial Green Chemistry (Zhi Li, Martin Held, Sven Panke, Andrew Schnid, Renata Mathys and Bernard Witholt).


"…a good representation of the current state of green chemistry…" (CHOICE, January 2008)

"These are most excellent papers dealing with a very real and growing problem." (Journal of Hazardous Material, January 15, 2008)

"…a good starting resource for readers seeking to employ sustainable chemistry." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, January 9, 2008)

"For advanced students...this book will catch the eye, as it will do as well for chemists in research and development..." (Organic Chemistry Portal, November 2007)

  • Addresses all of the important aspects of Green Chemistry
  • Brings together in one volume contributions by leading experts
  • Stimulates and promotes the wide-ranging aspects of Green Chemistry and its major role in ensuring sustainable development