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Special Issue "Deep Eutectic Solvents in Organic Synthesis"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Scott Handy

Department of Chemistry, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, United States
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Phone: 615-898-5331
Interests: natural product synthesis; aurones; natural product dyes; deep eutectic solvents

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) are an interesting family of solvents that have attracted attention as a less expensive and often less toxic alternative to room temperature ionic liquids. While many applications of DES have been explored, particularly their use in electroplating and metal recovery as well as natural product extraction, attention to their use as solvent replacements for conventional organic solvents in the area of synthesis has found less attention. This situation is unfortunate as earlier work demonstrated significant promise as DES are generally inexpensive and pose fewer hazards (low volatility and reduced risk of exposure), as well as some interesting opportunities for DES recycling and DES-based catalytic features that eliminate the need for other stoichiometric reagents. They could have particular benefit in many metal-catalyzed reactions as well as the reemerging area of electrosynthesis.

This Special Issue will provide an opportunity to publish research in the area of organic synthesis in DES, including catalyzed and solvent-catalyzed reactions, new and unusual reactions, and aspects related to recycling of the solvents and/or catalysts with the goal of promoting further research in this area.

Prof. Dr. Scott Handy
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Catalysis
  • Organic synthesis
  • Green synthesis
  • Organocatalysis
  • Transition metal catalysis
  • Solvent recycling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

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: Mixtures of lithium salts and urea: properties of ion replacement mechanisms for deep eutectic electrolytes
Authors: Aniruddha Nandy and Jens Smiatek
Abstract: Deep eutectic solvents of lithium salts and urea: properties of ion replacement mechanisms
Mixtures of LiTFSI and urea show an extreme lowering of the melting temperature relative to the individual species and can therefore be regarded as a deep eutectic solvent or a deep eutectic electrolyte. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and quantum mechanical calculations, we investigate the molecular interactions that allow the variation of the melting temperature. Our results for increasing urea concentrations implicate a displacement of TFSI ions around lithium ions by a growing number of urea molecules, which increases the mobility of the individual components. Our DFT calculations for the individual ion-urea clusters are in good agreement with the results of MD simulations, which deal mainly with charge dynamics and the underlying transport mechanisms.
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