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Methods and Reagents for Green Chemistry: An Introduction

Pietro Tundo, Alvise Perosa, F. Zecchini

Hardcover, 314 Pages
First Edition, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0-471-75400-8


This book aims to stimulate and promote the wide-ranging aspects of green chemistry and its major role in ensuring sustainable development.

The book covers the following areas: green chemistry; green reagents and atom economy; safeguarding the atmosphere; industrial green catalysis; alternative reaction conditions; biocatalysis and green chemistry.

This book is based on the third edition of the Collection of Lectures of the Summer Schools on Green Chemistry held in Venice, Italy in the summers of 1998-2003 (sponsored by the European Commission, TMR and Improving Programmes and carried out by the Consortzio Interuniversitario La Chemica per l'Ambiente).

Editorial Review

As was mentioned here in an earlier review, green chemistry is one of the most important areas of current research. Green chemistry serves not only to protect our resources, it can also make an economic contribution given the proper choice of methods. The minimization of wastes, the use of recyclable heterogeneous catalysts, and for example the use of oxygen as an oxidant or of hydrogen as a reductant, all offer enormous potential savings compared with conventional chemistry.

The book "Methods and Reagents for Green Chemistry: An Introduction" contains contributions from well-known scientists, in edited form based on lectures presented at the "Summer School on Green Chemistry". Each chapter is articulately written, splendidly illustrated, and offers a multitude of citations to supplemental literature. The chapters are self-contained, although they are linked together by the main theme and sub-topics. A general introduction to the topic of green chemistry, such as that provided in the beginning of "Green Chemistry and Catalysis" by Sheldon, is absent in the present book. The individual chapters cover a broad range of topics in a readily understandable way, however, so that one is consistently provided with a comprehensive picture of the methods and reagents of green chemistry. Even when topics in some of the chapters appear to be truly exotic, the reader still finds relevant aspects from research applications, and is provided with an overview of the current state of developments in the field and the research groups involved.

For advanced students who have an interest in green chemistry and are looking for a survey of the current status of the field, this book will catch the eye, as it will do as well for chemists in research and development who are looking to find potential collaboration partners.



1. The Four-Component reaction and Other MultiComponent Reactions of the Isocyanides (Ivar Ugi and Birgit Werner).
2. Carbohydrates as Renewable Raw Materials: A Major Challenge of Green Chemistry (Frieder W. Lichtenthaler).
3. Photoinitiated Synthesis: A Useful Perspective in Green Chemistry (Angelo Albini).
4. Dimethyl Caronate as a Green Reagent (Pietro Tundo & Maurizio Selva).


5. Ionic Liquids: "Designer" Solvents for Green Chemistry (Natalia V. Plechkova and Kenneth R. Seddon).
6. Supported Liquid-Phase Systems in Transition Metal Catalysis (Alvise Perosa and Sergei Zinovyev).
7. Organic Chemistry in Water: Green and Fast (Jan B. F. N. Engberts).
8. Formation, Mechanisms, and Minimization of Chlorinated Micropollutants (Dioxins) Formed in Technical Incineration Processes (Dieter Lenoir, Ernst Anton Feicht, Marchela Pandelova, and karl-Werner Schramm).


9. Green Chemistry: Catalysis and Waste Minimization (Roger A Sheldon).
10. Seamless Chemistry for Sustainability (Johan Thoen and Jean Luc Guillaume).
11. Enantioselective Metal Catalyzed Oxidation Processes (David StC. Black).
12. Zeolite Catalysts for Cleaner Technologies (Michel Guisnet).
13. Acid and Superacid Solid Materials as Noncontaminant Alternative Catalysts in Refining (José M. López Nieto).
14. The Oxidation of Isobutane to Methacrylic Acid: An Alternative Technology for MMA Production (Nicola Ballarini, Fabrizio Cavani, Hélène Degrand, Eric Etienne, Anne Pigano, Ferruccio Trifitrò, and J. L. Dubois).
15. Biocatalysis for Industrial Green Chemistry (Zhi Li, Martin Held, Sven Panke, Andrew Schnid, Renata Mathys and Bernard Witholt).