Special Issue "Reactions in Water and in Micelles"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Professor Alessandro Scarso

Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, via Torino 155, 30172, Venice, Italy
Phone: +39 041-2348569

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic synthesis and catalysis are, nowadays, strongly tied to green chemistry and proper solvent selection is one of the first decision to ensure a low impact of a chemical transformation. Water as solvent has been selected by nature to carry out all kind of reactions. Water as a solvent is characterized by a very large number of advantages, such as low cost, it is non-toxic, non-flammable, it does not contribute to greenhouse emissions, it does not require synthesis and has a low E factor; it is the green solvent par excellence. New concepts like “in water” catalysis when the system is homogeneous to “on water” catalysis when the reaction is catalyzed by simple mixing the reactants with water under heterogeneous conditions and micellar catalysis in particular are all aspects that contributes to make water a true green solvent. 

In this Special Issue, I would like to highlight manuscripts focusing on all aspects of reactivity in water as solvent. The poor solubility of organic species in water that often represents a limitation, can be exploited favorably in terms of the potentialities offered by the hydrophobic effect with positive consequences on activity and selectivity of chemical transformations. I strongly encourage colleagues to submit their contributions dealing with reactivity in water and in micelles because I think that this Special Issue will strongly contribute to the progress in this research field and will play a key role in shaping the opinion of colleagues that are still “water skeptic”. Last, but not least, a deeper understanding of reactivity in water will spur the understanding of reactivity in biological systems. 

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Scarso
Guest Editor

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  • Water
  • Hydrophobic effect
  • Green solvent
  • Micelles
  • Selectivity

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