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Infrared Irradiation: Toward Green Chemistry, a Review

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Superior Studies Cuautitlan, Campus 1, Autonomous National University of Mexico, Cuautitlan Izcalli, State of Mexico 54740, Mexico
Chemistry Science Faculty, Sciences and Engineering Postgrade, Autonomous University of San Luis, San Luis Potosi, State of San Luis Potosí 78210, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Hermenegildo García
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(4), 453;
Received: 12 January 2016 / Revised: 16 March 2016 / Accepted: 17 March 2016 / Published: 26 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Green Chemistry)
This review provides a comprehensive overview of where infrared irradiation has been employed, mainly as regards activating green mode for natural products extractions, as well as to favor a reaction, highlighting its actual importance. It is also underlined that infrared irradiation heating has been around for a long time; however, only in the last eighteen years have many of its advantages been applied to satisfy a wide range of chemical processes, natural products extractions, and for the promotion of many kinds of reactions. In addition, it is brought to light that near infrared irradiation is more efficient than middle and far infrared irradiations, being easily controllable and with the quality of a fast responding heat source. Thus, the main objective of this review is to offer infrared irradiation as an alternative clean energy source to activate reactions, in addition to favor the selective extraction of natural products, all of which is within the Green Chemistry protocol. Some recent results from our laboratory are also included. View Full-Text
Keywords: catalytic clay; clean energy; green chemistry; infrared irradiation; natural products extraction; reaction activation catalytic clay; clean energy; green chemistry; infrared irradiation; natural products extraction; reaction activation
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Escobedo, R.; Miranda, R.; Martínez, J. Infrared Irradiation: Toward Green Chemistry, a Review. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 453.

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