Special Issue "Phase-Transfer Catalysts"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Domenico Albanese

Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Golgi 19, 20133 Milano, Italy
Website: http://users2.unimi.it/dpcorind/en/?page_id=36
Interests: phase transfer catalysis; organocatalysis; green chemistry; bioactive compounds; non toxic antifouling agents
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dario Landini

Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Golgi 19, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: fundamental studies and applications of phase transfer catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Phase-transfer catalysis (PTC) began to develop in the 1960s and soon received widespread attention by academic and industrial chemists due to its simplicity and versatility. Nowadays it still represents a well established procedure, widely employed in academic research and industrial applications, and is particularly attractive from the environmental and economic point of view. In particular, PTC is a powerful tool to carry out reactions with environmentally benign reagents and solvents under mild and safe reaction conditions, and is therefore a suitable methodology for practical synthesis on scale.

A typical example is the replacement of hazardous, expensive and strong bases with inexpensive alkaline hydroxides or carbonates.

Moreover, the great development in asymmetric PTC reactions has enormously increased the synthetic potential of this methodology.

This special issue will focus on recent progress in the application of PTC to organic synthesis and hopefully will contribute to increase familiarity of PTC within chemical community.

Dr. Domenico Albanese
Prof. Dr. Dario Landini
Guest Editors


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  • phase transfer catalysis
  • organocatalysis
  • non-hazardous reagents
  • asymmetric catalysis
  • depollution
  • environmentally benign reagents
  • green chemistry
  • sustainable development

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Catalysts 2015, 5(2), 634-652; doi:10.3390/catal5020634
Received: 4 February 2015 / Revised: 31 March 2015 / Accepted: 7 April 2015 / Published: 21 April 2015
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Catalysts 2015, 5(2), 595-605; doi:10.3390/catal5020595
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 27 March 2015 / Accepted: 3 April 2015 / Published: 13 April 2015
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Heterogeneous Phase Alkylation of CH Acidic Compounds Under Microwave  Conditions
Authors: Alajos Grün* and György Keglevich
Abstract: In this minireview, the importance of the combined use of the phase transfer catalytic (PTC) and the microwave (MW) technique is summarized on the example of the solid-liquid phase C-alkylation of a series of simple CH-acidic compounds and  P=O containing analogues. The mono- and dialkylation of the CH acidic compounds were investigated under MW conditions. It was found that in many cases, there is no need to use a phase transfer catalyst under MW conditions, as MW substituted the catalyst. Moreover, in most of the cases, there was no need for solvent either. These experiences mean a serious green chemical advantage.

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