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Special Issue "Advances in Organic Electrosynthesis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alan M Jones

School of Pharmacy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT, United Kingdom
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Interests: electrosynthesis; synthetic methodology; medicinal chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic electrosynthesis has existed for nearly 200 years, since Faraday’s pioneering decarboxylative conversion of acetic acid to ethane in the 19th century; however, electrosynthesis has not had a sustained impact on the field of organic synthesis until now. In the past few years, the field of electrosynthesis has undergone a renaissance in popularity with examples such as the elegant electrosynthesis of Dixiamycin B, a natural product that was intractable by conventional synthesis, to standardised electrosynthesis reactor development for reproducible and scalable synthesis. We are now in the midst of a more widespread adoption of electrosynthesis techniques in organic synthesis.

In this Special Issue, we invite short communications from colleagues in organic electrosynthesis who have used electrosynthesis in their synthetic campaigns. In particular, we invite papers on the use of electrosynthesis in the spectrum of organic transformations such as natural product, medicinal chemistry and functional group manipulation. The scope of this special edition will also allow for mechanistic studies and advances in reaction design including electrocatalysis to be summarised in one edition.

This forthcoming Special Issue of Molecules entitled “Advances in Organic Electrosynthesis” will be devoted to this synthesis where the electron is the reagent, covering recent key findings in the above fields of research. We look forward to reading your contributions.

Dr. Alan M Jones
Guest Editor

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  • electrosynthesis
  • electrocatalysis
  • synthetic methods
  • green chemistry

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Open AccessPerspective Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction: From Homogeneous Catalysts to Heterogeneous-Based Reticular Chemistry
Molecules 2018, 23(11), 2835; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23112835
Received: 8 September 2018 / Revised: 20 October 2018 / Accepted: 22 October 2018 / Published: 1 November 2018
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CO2, emitted mainly from fossil fuel combustion, is one of the major greenhouse gases. CO2 could be converted into more valuable chemical feedstocks including CO, HCOOH, HCHO, CH3OH, or CH4. To reduce CO2, catalysts [...] Read more.
CO2, emitted mainly from fossil fuel combustion, is one of the major greenhouse gases. CO2 could be converted into more valuable chemical feedstocks including CO, HCOOH, HCHO, CH3OH, or CH4. To reduce CO2, catalysts were designed and their unique characteristics were utilized based on types of reaction processes, including catalytic hydrogenation, complex metal hydrides, photocatalysis, biological reduction, and electrochemical reduction. Indeed, the electroreduction method has received much consideration lately due to the simple operation, as well as environmentally friendly procedures that need to be optimized by both of the catalysts and the electrochemical process. In the past few decades, we have witnessed an explosion in development in materials science—especially in regards to the porous crystalline materials based on the strong covalent bond of the organic linkers containing light elements (Covalent organic frameworks, COFs), as well as the hybrid materials that possess organic backbones and inorganic metal-oxo clusters (Metal-organic frameworks, MOFs). Owing to the large surface area and high active site density that belong to these tailorable structures, MOFs and COFs can be applied to many practical applications, such as gas storage and separation, drug release, sensing, and catalysis. Beyond those applications, which have been abundantly studied since the 1990s, CO2 reduction catalyzed by reticular and extended structures of MOFs or COFs has been more recently turned to the next step of state-of-the-art application. In this perspective, we highlight the achievement of homogeneous catalysts used for CO2 electrochemical conversion and contrast it with the advances in new porous catalyst-based reticular chemistry. We then discuss the role of new catalytic systems designed in light of reticular chemistry in the heterogeneous-catalyzed reduction of CO2. Full article
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