Special Issue "Advances in Green Catalysis for Sustainable Organic Synthesis"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Manuel B. Marques Website E-Mail
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Technology - UNL, Caparica, Portugal
Interests: organic synthesis; catalysis; metal-catalyzed reactions; sustainable chemistry; heterocyclic chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catalysis is currently considered a pillar of green chemistry and one of the most powerful tools in organic synthesis. The integration of catalysis in organic reactions has created a new thinking in sustainable organic synthesis. In the context of the principles of Green Chemistry, catalysis has opened new routes for organic synthesis, improving the sustainability of chemical transformations.

The optimization of synthetic sequences and the reduction of side-products by increasing the selectivity have been a major contribution from catalyzed organic reactions. The introduction of catalysts has profoundly changed the synthetic protocols for the construction of molecules, whose application ranges from pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals to advanced materials on both laboratory and industrial scales.

Despite all the progress in the field, catalysts are not always green and sustainable: Some rely on toxic metals, are not stable, not recyclable or are difficult to reuse, which compromises its implementation in the chemical processes.

At present, the challenges are the design and use of green catalysts and catalyzed reactions to foster sustainable synthesis.

The paramount importance of catalysis in sustainable chemistry involves the use of different types of catalysis, ranging from biocatalysis, metal-catalysis, organocatalysis, photocatalysis, and the use of hybrid catalysts, among others. Furthermore, the integration and telescoping of catalytic reactions will undoubtedly bring modern organic synthesis to a new level of sustainability.

The present Special Issue intends to highlight updated contributions in the design and application of green catalysts and green catalytic methods that pave the way for a sustainable organic synthesis. Reviews articles by experts in the field will also be welcome.

Prof. Dr. Maria Manuel B. Marques
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • catalysis
  • green catalysts
  • metal-catalyzed reactions
  • organocatalysis
  • photocatalysis
  • biocatalysis
  • sustainable synthesis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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