Third International Symposium on C-H Activation, 30 May – 2 June 2016, Montreal, Canada

Green Chemistry are delighted to support the Third International Symposium on C-H Activation (ISCHA3), 30 May – 2 June 2016, Montreal, Canada.

The scientific program of the ISCHA3 will consist of 22 keynote lectures presented by scientists working at the forefront of C-H activation. Their perspectives will encompass the fields of synthetic organic, organometallic, materials science and bioorganic chemistry and will create a uniquely diverse setting in which to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the C-H functionalization community.

Find out more about the conference, including abstract submission and registration at the website.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2016
Early bird registration deadline: 15 April 2016

Green Chemistry are pleased to sponsor Christian Bruneau’s Lecture at the meeting. Christian Bruneau (CNRS-University of Rennes, France), Associate Editor of Catalysis Science & Technology, will be presenting his talk “Regioselective Functionalization of Saturated Cyclic Amines Involving sp3C-H Bond Activation and Hydrogen Transfers”. You can find out more about Christian Bruneau’s research at his website and read some of his recent papers below.

[Cp*Ru]-catalyzed selective coupling/hydrogenation
I. Labed, A. Labed, Y. Sun, F. Jiang, M. Achard, S. Dérien, Z. Kabouche and C. Bruneau
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015,5, 1650-1657
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01303D, Paper

Terminal conjugated dienes via a ruthenium-catalyzed cross-metathesis/elimination sequence: application to renewable resources
Hallouma Bilel, Naceur Hamdi, Fethi Zagrouba, Cédric Fischmeister and Christian Bruneau
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014,4, 2064-2071
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00315B, Paper

Reactivity of C–H bonds of polychlorobenzenes for palladium-catalysed direct arylations with aryl bromides
Liqin Zhao, Tao Yan, Christian Bruneau and Henri Doucet
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014,4, 352-360
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00757J, Paper

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Green Solvents Conference, 16 – 19 October 2016, Kiel, Germany

Green Chemistry are pleased to support the 8th Green Solvents Conference which is due to take place on 16th October in Kiel, Germany.

Since its foundation in the year 2002, the “Green Solvents” biennial conference series has been established as a unique platform for the discussion of scientific progress and industrial implementation of advanced fluids in chemical synthesis and processes. Topics include aqueous phases, ionic liquids, supercritical fluids, green organic solvents, liquid polymers, phase-separable reagents and solvent-free processes.

The lecture programme consists of a special Sunday evening lecture, keynote lectures, invited lectures and submitted oral presentations. The poster session plays a key role for the discussion of cutting edge results in the field. Special low rates and support for young scientists and PhD students facilitates their active participation.

Invited Speakers

  • Green solvents in carbohydrate chemistry – María José Hernáiz Gómez-Dégano, Complutense University, Madrid
  • Hydrophobic deep eutectic solvents: design, properties and applications – Maaike Kroon, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi/UAE; D.J.G.P. van Osch, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven/NL; L. F. Zubeir, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven; A. van den Bruinhorst, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven; M.A.A. Rocha, University of Bremen, Bremen
  • Multiphase catalysis with carbon dioxide – new process opportunities for the selective upgrading of renewable feedstocks – Ulrich Hintermair, University of Bath, Bath
  • Gamma-valerolactone as a renewable solvent for catalysis – Laszlo T. Mika, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest
  • Lewis superacids in ionic liquids – Malgorzata Swadzba-Kwasny, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast

Please note the deadline for Submission of Abstracts is 2nd May 2016.  Please see the webpage for more details.

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Green Solvents for Synthesis – Web collection

Green Chemistry cover image of a leafGreen Chemistry is pleased to announce the Green Solvents for Synthesis web collection is now online. This collection of articles is based on presentations at the Green Solvents for Synthesis meeting held in Dresden, Germany, October 2014. The Guest Editor is Professor Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen, Germany), Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board.

Below is a selection of some of the articles included in the themed collection and you access the full collection online.


Sponge-like ionic liquids: a new platform for green biocatalytic chemical processes

Pedro Lozano, Juana M. Bernal, Eduardo Garcia-Verdugo, Gregorio Sanchez-Gomez, Michel Vaultier, M. Isabel Burguete and Santiago V. Luis
Green Chem., 2015, 17, 3706-3717
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00894H


Fluorous ethers
Angel S. W. Lo and István. T. Horváth
Green Chem., 2015, 17, 4701-4714
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01345C


Polyol synthesis of nanoparticles: status and options regarding metals, oxides, chalcogenides, and non-metal elements
H. Dong, Y.-C. Chen and C. Feldmann
Green Chem., 2015, 17, 4107-4132
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00943J


A virtual screening approach to identifying the greenest compound for a task: application to switchable-hydrophilicity solvents
J. R. Vanderveen, L. Patiny, C. B. Chalifoux, M. J. Jessop and P. G. Jessop
Green Chem., 2015,17, 5182-5188
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01022E


A choline chloride/DMSO solvent for the direct synthesis of diformylfuran from carbohydrates in the presence of heteropolyacids

W. Ghezali, K. De Oliveira Vigier, R. Kessas and F. Jérôme
Green Chem., 2015,17, 4459-4464
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01336D


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1st Green and Sustainable Chemistry Workshop

Thomas Clarke reports on the 1st Green and Sustainable Chemistry Workshop held at the University of Nottingham

Held on February 9th-10th, 2016, the University of Nottingham organised its first Green and Sustainable Chemistry Workshop. Held at the Breadsall Priory Hotel, located in Derbyshire, UK, the two day workshop offered a unique opportunity for scientific discussion around Green and Sustainable Chemistry. Bringing students from the Centres for Doctoral Training from Nottingham, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, together with established academics from across the field, the workshop aimed to showcase the challenges that face Green Chemistry in the years to come, and offer open discussion around how such issues should be tackled. More importantly the true focus of the workshop lay towards the establishing of discourse and networking between the new generation of researchers combined with unparalleled access to a wide array of disciplines and experience offered by the workshop participants.

The first day of the workshop began with a philosophical viewpoint from Professor Paul Anastas (Yale University), the father of Green Chemistry. Offering an impassioned and motivating talk pointing to numerous examples of successful Green Chemistry technologies, Professor Anastas challenged the workshop participants to “be the crazy ones” and strive to produce innovative research and technologies to change the world. Stressing the importance of Green Chemistry for the future, his stimulating presentation fuelled exciting discussion, not just for the post-presentation questions, but well into the evening.

The rest of the day saw presentations by both Professor Chris Moody (University of Nottingham) and Professor Chao-Jun Li (McGill University). Putting words into practice, both talks highlighted innovative and exciting research within the realms of Green Chemistry. Professor Moody presented work revolving around the development of solar photochemistry processes, and how harnessing the power of the world around us can be a valuable tool for Green Chemistry research. Following on from this, Professor Li outlined his research towards the development of Green Chemistry for Chemical Synthesis.  Showcasing several pioneering techniques developed within his research group, his presentation displayed the success that can be achieved by challenging conventional techniques and striving for innovation.

The first day of the workshop was wrapped up by a post-dinner talk from Prof. Sir Martyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham). Continuing the theme of the future of Green Chemistry, Sir Martyn Poliakoff gave an inspiring speech about the future of Green Chemistry and how it lay at the feet of the young researchers participating within the workshop to carry on to design the next generation of green research and technologies.

The second day of the workshop began with a presentation by Dr. Andrew Marr (Queen’s University Belfast) discussing the advantages and disadvantages of different types of catalysts. Continuing with the ideals innovation, Dr. Marr presented research aimed towards the combination of different types of catalysts to harness the advantages of them all. Bringing together materials, biotechnology and chemical catalysis he focused on the development of green and sustainable processes using such techniques.

Following this, the conference was rounded off with more inspiring presentations by Professor Jairton Dupont (University of Nottingham) and Professor Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen). Professor Dupont, whose research focuses on the use of ionic liquids, showcased their use within the realms of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, offering an informed perspective into how research in this area can drive countless improvements. Wrapping up the final day of talks, Professor Leitner presented his perspective on the development of alternative energy and fuels, weaving in his own research to provide a valuable insight into a key issue for Green Chemistry in the years to come. An inspirational end to the workshop, Professor Leitner’s talk left many participants with much to discuss during the end of workshop lunch.

Overall the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Workshop offered much to all those that attended. Although many stimulating presentations were given, the true success was seen in the bringing together of students from multiple universities with academics at the top of their fields. Working as a platform to encourage ideas, networking and discussion between researchers at the beginning of their careers and those at the forefront of Green Chemistry innovation, the workshop has undoubtedly cultivated future collaborations and countless new ideas. More importantly, it has worked to inspire a new generation of researchers to push the boundaries of Green Chemistry to their limits and beyond.

Thomas Clarke is a PhD Researcher in the EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

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“Happy Silver Anniversary”: Green Chemistry at 25

2016 is the Silver Anniversary for the field of Green Chemistry being 25 years since the term “Green Chemistry” was coined and defined in 1991. To mark this occasion, the 2016 Issue 1 of Green Chemistry features an Editorial looking at the journey of the field to date and introducing an initiative designed to stimulate discussion on the vision for the field. You can read the Editorial by Paul Anastas, Buxing Han, Walter Leitner and Martyn Poliakoff here.

We have asked colleagues from the Editorial and Advisory Board of Green Chemistry to comment on individual Principles that relate to their specific area of expertise and to share their personal views with our community.

Every month of 2016, Green Chemistry will feature one such perspective Editorial (collated online: rsc.li/gc-25years) hopefully initiating a lively exchange of views and ideas here on the Green Chemistry blog. We encourage you to use the comments facility below to share your views on each principle.

The Editorials are not meant to provide answers, but to stimulate questions on how the Principles have influenced research agendas, how they connect to challenges and opportunities that may not have been visible twenty five years ago, why they are still valid or what needs to be adjusted, etc..

Most importantly, the aim is to not primarily to look back in praise of the undisputable achievements, but to provide a vision towards celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the field in 2041 and beyond.

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Abstract deadline approaching: RRB – 12, May 30 – June 1 2016

The 12th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from Monday May 30 until Wednesday June 1, 2016.

The conference aims at providing an overview of the scientific, technical, economic, environmental and social issues of renewable resources and biorefineries in order to give an impetus to the biobased economy and to present new developments in this area. The three day international conference will consist of plenary lectures and oral presentations by international experts, a poster session and an exhibition. For more details on the conference click here.

Speakers and Session Chairs at RRB-12

Confirmed Faculty
•      Niki Baccile – CNRS-UPMC Paris, France
•      Joseph John Bozell – University of Tennessee, USA
•      Tony Bridgwater – Aston University, UK
•      Robert Brown – Iowa State University, USA
•      Jo Dewulf – Ghent University, Belgium
•      Bert Groenendaal – Sioen, Belgium
•      Bjarne Holmbom – Åbo Akademi University, Finland
•      Jennifer Littlechild – University of Exeter, UK
•      Guillaume Marti – Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III, France
•      Nigel Mouncey – DOW, USA
•      Korneel Rabaey – Ghent University, Belgium
•      Anders Riisager  – Technical University of Denmark
•      Ka-Yiu San – Rice University, USA
•      Bert Sels – Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
•      Shicheng Zhang – Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China

Please submit your abstracts by January 15th 2016.

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Tunable hemicellulose product streams

Japanese scientists have discovered a method to convert tree hemicellulose (xylan) in a tunable fashion to either one of three chemical product streams, depending on the combination of catalysts and solvent phases employed. Hemicellulose is 20-30% of the structural lignocellulose component of biomass, with cellulose (40-50%) and lignin (20-30%) accounting for the remainder. As part of a biorefinery, it is important to be able to advantageously develop all of the feedstock into products in order to reduce waste and value the economic and material investment made during biomass production.

First, rhenium was introduced into an iridium impregnated silica. The resulting catalyst was capable of producing xylitol from xylan (79% yield) if used in combination with sulphuric acid in an aqueous reaction. Some success in achieving a partial reduction to pentanol was then observed when an organic solvent was introduced to the reaction. Finally, full hydrogenolysis to give pentane (in 70% yield) was accomplished by adding a HZSM-5 zeolite to the biphasic reaction.

The heterogeneous catalyst is recoverable and can be reactivated to continue providing a good yield of pentane. Thus a new flexibility to woody biomass processing has been demonstrated, complementing the more prevalent studies on cellulose and lignin.

This work is included in a online collection showcasing work presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Green Chemistry held in La Rochelle, France on 3rd-7th May 2015. Access the full collection of articles here.

Selective transformation of hemicellulose (xylan) into n-pentane, pentanols or xylitol over a rhenium-modified iridium catalyst combined with acids
Sibao Liu, Yasuyo Okuyama, Masazumi Tamura, Yoshinao Nakagawa, Akio Imai and Keiichi Tomishige
Green Chem., 2016, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C5GC02183A

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Industrial Green Chemistry World 2015

The 4th Industrial Green Chemistry World Convention & Ecosystem Convention (IGCW-2015) is scheduled to be held on 4th & 5th December 2015 at the Hotel Courtyard Marriot, Mumbai. The conference will serve as a pro-active industrial platform that promises to bring together diverse stakeholders such as industry, academia & research institutes, government bodies, associates, etc., with the objective to identify their respective roles and responsibilities to accelerate the ‘green chemistry’ integration into Indian chemical industry.

Over 40+ global experts and industry leaders will speak at the IGCW-Symposium, and about 20 solution provider companies will exhibit their services, technologies and products at the IGCW-EXPO. Subject-specific 180o seminars will take place on industry oriented topics such as green processes, green catalysts, green solvents and green engineering. More than 100 senior representatives from industry have already confirmed their participation in various capacities.

For more details visit the website here.

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Lignin Chemistry and Valorisation – Green Chemistry themed issue

Green Chemistry is pleased to announce the publication of the Lignin Chemistry and Valorisation themed issue. The Guest Editors for this issue are Professor Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Dr Pieter Bruijnincx (Utrecht University, Netherlands) and Dr Roberto Rinaldi (Imperial College London, UK).

Recently, the scientific community has made significant progress in engineering lignin, characterising its structural features, valorising the biopolymer through catalysis, and finding new outlets for the lignin-derived products. The aim of this themed issue is to show the latest developments in the field of lignin chemistry and valorisation.

Below are some high quality Open Access articles in the collection. You can view the full collection here.

Efficient catalytic hydrotreatment of Kraft lignin to alkylphenolics using supported NiW and NiMo catalysts in supercritical methanol
Anand Narani, Ramesh Kumar Chowdari, Catia Cannilla, Giuseppe Bonura, Francesco Frusteri, Hero Jan Heeres and Katalin Barta
Green Chem., 2015, 17, 5046-5057. DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01643F


The synthesis and analysis of advanced lignin model polymers
C. S. Lancefield and N. J. Westwood
Green Chem., 2015, 17, 4980-4990. DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01334H


Ethanol as capping agent and formaldehyde scavenger for efficient depolymerization of lignin to aromatics
Xiaoming Huang, Tamás I. Korányi, Michael D. Boot and Emiel J. M. Hensen
Green Chem., 2015, 17, 4941-4950. DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01120E


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Recent HOT articles in Green Chemistry

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 30/11/2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

Zinc(II)-catalyzed reactions of carbon dioxide and propargylic alcohols to carbonates at room temperature
Jiayin Hu, Jun Ma, Qinggong Zhu, Qingli Qian, Hongling Han, Qingqing Mei and Buxing Han
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01870F, Communication


Synthesis of a polyisobutylene-tagged fac-Ir(ppy)3 complex and its application as recyclable visible-light photocatalyst in a continuous flow process
Daniel Rackl, Peter Kreitmeier and Oliver Reiser
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01792K, Paper


Precise oxygen scission of lignin derived aryl ethers to quantitatively produce aromatic hydrocarbons in water
Zhicheng Luo, Yimeng Wang, Mingyuan He and Chen Zhao
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01790D, Paper


Selective hydrogenation of levulinic acid to 1,4-pentanediol in water using a hydroxyapatite-supported Pt–Mo bimetallic catalyst
T. Mizugaki, Y. Nagatsu, K. Togo, Z. Maeno, T. Mitsudome, K. Jitsukawa and K. Kaneda
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01878A, Communication


Oxidative desulfurization of DBT with H2O2 catalysed by TiO2/porous glass
C. Shen, Y. J. Wang, J. H. Xu and G. S. Luo
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01653C, Paper


Cooperative catalysis of Pt/C and acid resin for the production of 2,5-dimethyltetrahydrofuran from biomass derived 2,5-hexanedione under mild conditions
Huacong Zhou, Jinliang Song, Qinglei Meng, Zhenhong He, Zhiwei Jiang, Baowen Zhou, Huizhen Liu and Buxing Han
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01741F, Paper


Supported nano-gold-catalyzed N-formylation of amines with paraformaldehyde in water under ambient conditions
Zhengang Ke, Yan Zhang, Xinjiang Cui and Feng Shi
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01992C, Paper


Efficient pyrido[1,2-a]benzimidazole formation from 2-aminopyridines and cyclohexanones under metal-free conditions
Yanjun Xie, Jun Wu, Xingzong Che, Ya Chen, Huawen Huang and Guo-Jun Deng
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01978H, Communication


Antimony recovery from the halophosphate fraction in lamp phosphor waste: a zero-waste approach
David Dupont and Koen Binnemans
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01746G, Paper


An efficient and recyclable tetraoxo-coordinated zinc catalyst for the cycloaddition of epoxides with carbon dioxide at atmospheric pressure
Ran Ma, Liang-Nian He and Yue-Biao Zhou
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01826A, Paper


Production of solubilized carbohydrate from cellulose using non-catalytic, supercritical depolymerization in polar aprotic solvents
Arpa Ghosh, Robert C. Brown and Xianglan Bai
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC02071A, Paper


Attractive aerobic access to the α,β-unsaturated acyl azolium intermediate: oxidative NHC catalysis via multistep electron transfer
L. Ta, A. Axelsson and H. Sundén
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01965F, Communication


Catalyst-free dehydrative SN1-type reaction of indolyl alcohols with diverse nucleophiles “on water”
Jian Xiao, Hao Wen, Liang Wang, Lubin Xu, Zhihui Hao, Chang-Lun Shao and Chang-Yun Wang
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01838B, Paper


Towards sustainable fuels and chemicals through the electrochemical reduction of CO2: lessons from water electrolysis
Antonio J. Martín, Gastón O. Larrazábal and Javier Pérez-Ramírez
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01893E, Perspective


Light driven styrene epoxidation and hydrogen generation using H2O as an oxygen source in a photoelectrosynthesis cell
P. Farràs, C. Di Giovanni, J. N. Clifford, P. Garrido-Barros, E. Palomares and A. Llobet
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01589H, Paper


Synthesis of Ni-based co-catalyst functionalized W:BiVO4 nanofibers for solar water oxidation
Ki Ro Yoon, Jong Wan Ko, Doo-Young Youn, Chan Beum Park and Il-Doo Kim
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01588J, Communication


Biomass-derived binderless fibrous carbon electrodes for ultrafast energy storage
R. Berenguer, F. J. García-Mateos, R. Ruiz-Rosas, D. Cazorla-Amorós, E. Morallón, J. Rodríguez-Mirasol and T. Cordero
Journal Article
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC02409A, Paper

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