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Obituary: István T. Horváth (1953-2022)

The green chemistry community is mourning the loss of István T. Horváth, founder of the field ‘fluorous biphase catalysis’ and early pioneer in the field of renewable resources and green chemistry.

Professor István T. Horváth was born in Budapest, Hungary, on August 6, 1953. He studied chemistry at the Petrik Lajos Chemical Technical School in Budapest and at Veszprém University of Chemical Engineering, Veszprém, Hungary (now University of Pannonia), where he received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1977) and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1979). Subsequently, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Veterinary University, Budapest (1979–1981) and a Research Engineer at Chinoin Ltd. in Budapest (1981).

Horváth then switched continents for the first of five times in his career. This brought him to Yale University, where he joined the group of Prof. Richard D. Adams as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1982–1984). During this productive period, he worked on the preparation and characterization of osmium clusters. Adams and Horváth co-authored a remarkable 20 papers in 32 months. Horváth returned to Europe in 1984 to spend three years at the ETH Zürich with Professors Piero Pino and György Bor.

This was followed by another transatlantic move as he assumed a position at the Corporate Research Laboratories of Exxon (now ExxonMobil) in Annandale, New Jersey. This immensely productive phase of his career lasted more than ten years (1987–1998) and brought him international visibility. As an independent investigator Horváth became internationally recognized for using in situ spectroscopic techniques (especially NMR and IR) to elucidate mechanistic questions of important chemical transformations and uncover key reaction intermediates. A significant achievement was the spectroscopic observation of the formyl cation in the condensed phase, published in 1997 in Science. Beside important discoveries in reaction monitoring, Horváth was among the first to advocate the use of in situ spectroscopy to attain molecular level understanding chemical of reactions, especially focusing on the development of greener processes.

Furthermore, his Science paper published in 1994, established the basic principles of fluorous biphase chemistry, which lead to the development of more efficient multiphase catalytic processes and novel catalyst immobilization approaches in the following decades.

In 1999, he returned to Hungary, was appointed professor in 2001, and continued his research in the field of green chemistry and in situ spectroscopy at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest until 2008. During this time he devoted attention to the catalytic conversion of renewable resources, which led to the development of the idea of a gamma-valerolactone economy.

Between 2009 and 2020 he was a Chair-Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biology, City University of Hong Kong where he also acted as department head for 6 years. Here he first introduced the Ethanol Equivalent and Sustainability Index for the measurement and evaluation of sustainability.

He returned to Hungary in 2020 and continued his work at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

His contribution was acknowledged by more than 25 international prizes and awards, including the Humboldt Research Award (2006), and the Exxon Golden Tiger Award (1991). He was member of the European Academy of Science (2020), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington DC, USA, 2016), Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2014), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), Honorary Member of the National Academy of Sciences Literature and Arts of Modena, Italy (2010). He became an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Scienes in 2019.

István is well-remembered for his organization of highly successful scientific events with a unique style. In fact, he organized and managed more than 45 international scientific meetings including Gordon Conferences and regular meetings of the homogeneous catalysis community, such as ISHC.

He was  an intelligent and knowledgeable supervisor and highly supportive mentor who always encouraged his students and colleagues to leave their comfort zones and aim for fundamental scientific discoveries. He could be tough at times but was always fair, and argued by the facts when it came to science. He graduated numerous PhD students and post-docs, the vast majority of whom are still pursuing research in green chemistry or closely related areas. A good overview of his scientific career can be found in the special issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03138) published in 2016 on the ocassion of his 65th birthday.

To us, first and foremost István was a mentor who had a profound influence on our scientific training, shaped our way of thinking and guided our carrer as green chemist.

István was a one-of-a-kind ’molecular designer’ – a brilliant scientist, who would always follow a unique and pioneering path. A special personality: warm, funny, bold and unrelenting – he continuously questioned the status quo and spoke his mind… and was willing to stand up for what he believed to be the truth, for the benefit of the whole comunity. He will be tremendously missed.

Prof. Laszlo T. Mika, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Prof. Katalin Barta, University of Graz

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Biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development is now online and free to access until the end of March 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Green Chemistry themed collection Biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development is now online and free to access until the end of March 2022.

This themed collection aims to gather the most advanced research in the area of furanic building blocks. These furanic platform molecules can be further derivatized and employed in various applications (thermoplastics; resins; biofuels; fine chemistry; green solvents, etc.). Their end-life (recycling, biodegradation), within a circular rational, is also a sparking field of research activity. Therefore, the biomass origin of these furanic molecules and the Green Chemistry principles that are employed to prepare, modify and dispose these molecules fit with the expectation of the journal.

Guest Edited by Drs Andreia F. Sousa, François Jérôme and Nathanaël Guigo, this collection reviews the very recent achievements of furanic derivatives in various areas of green and sustainable chemistry.

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Editorial
Biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development
Nathanael Guigo, François Jérome and Andreia F. Sousa
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 9721-9722. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC90124A

Perspective
Furan platform chemicals beyond fuels and plastics
Roman Bielski and Grzegorz Grynkiewicz
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 7458-7487. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC02402G

Tutorial Review
Recommendations for replacing PET on packaging, fiber, and film materials with biobased counterparts
Andreia F. Sousa, Rafael Patrício, Zoi Terzopoulou, Dimitrios N. Bikiaris, Tobias Stern, Julia Wenger, Katja Loos, Nadia Lotti, Valentina Siracusa, Anna Szymczyk, Sandra Paszkiewicz, Konstantinos S. Triantafyllidis, Alexandra Zamboulis, Marija S. Nikolic, Pavle Spasojevic, Shanmugam Thiyagarajan, Daan S. van Es and Nathanael Guigo
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 8795-8820. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC02082J

Communication
Multicatalysis from renewable resources: a direct route to furan-based polyesters
Lucie Guillaume, Adam Marshall, Nicolas Niessen, Pingping Ni, Régis M. Gauvin and Christophe M. Thomas
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 6931-6935. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC01889B

Paper
Furfurylation protects timber from degradation by marine wood boring crustaceans
Lucy S. Martin, Stanislav Jelavić, Simon M. Cragg and Lisbeth G. Thygesen
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 8003-8015. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC01524A

Paper
A rigid plant oil-based thermoset with a furfural-derived cyclobutane cross-linker
Jonathan Tellers, Nicolas Sbirrazzuoli and Nathanael Guigo
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 8053-8060. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0GC04323K

Paper
Furoic acid and derivatives as atypical dienes in Diels–Alder reactions
Răzvan C. Cioc, Tom J. Smak, Marc Crockatt, Jan C. van der Waal and Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 5503-5510. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC01535D

Paper
Heterogeneous photocatalyzed acceptorless dehydrogenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural upon visible-light illumination
Wanying Liang, Rui Zhu, Xinglong Li, Jin Deng and Yao Fu
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 6604-6613. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC01286J

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CO2 Utilisation Green Chemistry themed issue now online and free to access

We are delighted to announce that the Green Chemistry themed issue CO2 Utilisation is now online and free to access until the end of August 2021.

The massive consumption of fossil fuels, among other human activities, has released substantial amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, provoking both global warming and dramatic climate changes. As such, carbon dioxide capture, removal and utilisation continues to attract significant attention. As an ideal carbon source, efficient transformation of CO2 enables the sustainable synthesis of high value-added chemicals and fuels.

Guest Edited by Professor Da-Gang Yu and Professor Liangnian He, this collection reviews the very recent achievements of CO2 utilisation in various areas of green and sustainable chemistry.

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Editorial
Introduction to CO2 utilisation
Da-Gang Yu amd Liang-Nian He
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d1gc90036f

Perspective
CO2 hydrogenation over heterogenous catalysts at atmospheric pressure: from electronic properties to product selectivity
Yaning Wang, Lea R. Winter, Jingguang G. Chen and Binhang Yan
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03506H

Tutorial Review
Recent progress in the catalytic transformation of carbon dioxide into biosourced organic carbonates
Vatcharapron Aomchad, Àlex Cristòfol, Francesco Della Monica, Bart Limburg, Valerio D’Elia and Arjan W. Kleij
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03824E

Critical Review
Oxidative dehydrogenation of light alkanes with carbon dioxide
Guomin Li, Ce Liu, Xinjiang Cui, Yanhui Yan and Feng Shi
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03705B

Critical Review
Recent developments in organocatalysed transformations of epoxides and carbon dioxide into cyclic carbonates 
Liping Guo, Katie J. Lamb and Michael North
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03465G

Communication
One-step plasma-enabled catalytic carbon dioxide hydrogenation to higher hydrocarbons: significance of catalyst-bed configuration
Jiajie Wang,  Mohammad S. AlQahtani, Xiaoxing Wang, Sean D. Knecht, Sven G. Bilén, Chunshan Song and Wei Chu
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03779F

Communication
Transition-metal-free synthesis of thiazolidine-2-ones and 1,3-thiazinan-2-ones from arylamines, elemental sulfur and CO2
Chuan-Kun Ran, Lei Song, Ya-Nan Niu, Ming-Kai Wei, Zhen Zhang, Xiao-Yu Zhou and Da-Gang Yu
Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03723F

Paper
A rhenium catalyst with bifunctional pyrene groups boosts natural light-driven CO2 reduction
Li-Qi Qiu, Kai-Hong Chen, Zhi-Wen Yang and Liang-Nian He
Green Chemistry, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03111A

Paper
Electrodeposited Cu-Pd bimetallic catalysts for the selective electroreduction of CO2 to ethylene
Ruting Feng, Qinggong Zhu, Mengen Chu, Shuaiqiang Jia, Jianxin Zhai, Haihong Wu, Peng Wu and Buxing Han
Green Chemistry, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/d0gc03051A

We hope you enjoy reading the articles. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this themed collection or Green Chemistry.

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Green Chemistry Editor’s Choice: Rajender Varma Selects Outstanding Articles. Read now for free

Editorial Board Member, Rajender Varma has selected some outstanding research to share with you from Green Chemistry. Read them now for free until the end of August 2021!

Rajender S. Varma, (H-Index 114, listed among ‘Most Cited Researchers’ by Clarivate Analytics 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020), was born in India (Ph.D., Delhi University 1976). After postdoctoral research at Robert Robinson Laboratories, Liverpool, U.K., he was faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and Sam Houston State University prior to joining Sustainable Technology Division at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 with adjunct appointment at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. He has over 48 years of research experience in management of multidisciplinary technical programs and is extensively involved in sustainable aspects of chemistry that includes photocatalysis, synthesis, environmental sciences, and development of environmentally benign synthetic methods using alternate energy input using microwaves, ultrasound, mechanochemistry, etc.; efficient technologies for greener remediation of contaminants; and environmental sciences. Lately, he is focused on greener approaches to assembly of nanophotocatalysts and sustainable applications of magnetically retrievable nanophotocatalysts in benign media. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of several international journals and has published over 710 scientific papers and been awarded 17 U.S. Patents with 48,400 citations.

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Critical Review
Photochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid
Robin Cauwenbergh and Shoubhik Das
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 2553-2574. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC04040A

Paper
Sustainable, self-cleaning, transparent, and moisture/oxygen-barrier coating films for food packaging
Vu Thi Tuyet Thuy, Lam Tan Hao, Hyeonyeol Jeon, Jun Mo Koo, Jaeduk Park, Eun Seong Lee, Sung Yeon Hwang, Sejin Choi, Jeyoung Park and Dongyeop X. Oh
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 2658-2667. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03647A

Paper
The green platform molecule gamma-valerolactone – ecotoxicity, biodegradability, solvent properties, and potential applications
Florian Kerkel, Marta Markiewicz, Stefan Stolte, Eva Müller and Werner Kunz
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 2962-2976. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC04353B

Paper
Determining factors for the nano-biocompatibility of cobalt oxide nanoparticles: proximal discrepancy in intrinsic atomic interactions at differential vicinage
Suresh K. Verma, Pritam Kumar Panda, Puja Kumari, Paritosh Patel, Aryashree Arunima, Ealisha Jha, Shaheen Husain, Ravi Prakash, Roland Hergenröder, Yogendra Kumar Mishra, Rajeev Ahuja, Rajender S. Varma and Mrutyunjay Suar
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 3439-3458. DOI: 10.1039/D1GC00571E

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Green Chemistry Editor’s Choice: Keiichi Tomishige Selects Outstanding Articles. Read now for free

Editorial Board Member, Keiichi Tomishige has selected some outstanding research to share with you from Green Chemistry. Read them now for free until the end of June 2021!

Keiichi Tomishige received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Graduate School of Science, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo. During his Ph.D. course in 1994, he moved to Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo as a research associate. In 1998, he became a lecturer, and then he moved to Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba as a lecturer in 2001. Since 2004 he has been an associate professor, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba. Since 2010, he is a professor, School of Engineering, Tohoku University. His research interests are the development of heterogeneous catalysts for 1) production of biomass-derived chemicals, 2) direct synthesis of organic carbonates from CO2 and alcohols, 3) steam reforming of biomass tar.

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Paper
Air-stable and reusable nickel phosphide nanoparticle catalyst for the highly selective hydrogenation of d-glucose to d-sorbitol
Sho Yamaguchi, Shu Fujita, Kiyotaka Nakajima, Seiji Yamazoe, Jun Yamasaki, Tomoo Mizugaki and Takato Mitsudome
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 2010-2016. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03301D

Paper
Synthesis of 1,10-decanediol diacetate and 1-decanol acetate from furfural
Chen-Qiang Deng, Qin-Zhu Jiang, Jin Deng and Yao Fu
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 2169-2176. DOI: 10.1039/D1GC00227A

Paper
Phytocat – a bio-derived Ni catalyst for rapid de-polymerization of polystyrene using a synergistic approach
Parul Johar, Elizabeth L. Rylott, C. Robert McElroy, Avtar S. Matharu and James H. Clark
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 808-814. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03808C

Paper
Greener production of dimethyl carbonate by the Power-to-Fuel concept: a comparative techno-economic analysis
Hong Huang, Remzi Can Samsun, Ralf Peters and Detlef Stolten
Green Chem., 2021, 23, 1734-1747. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03865B

Paper
Heterogeneous Ru/TiO2 for hydroaminomethylation of olefins: multicomponent synthesis of amines
Jinghua An, Zhuyan Gao, Yehong Wang, Zhixin Zhang, Jian Zhang and Feng Wang
Green Chem., 2021, Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1039/D1GC00113B

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13th Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry 2021

Green Chemistry Summer School: Venice, 4th-10th July 2021

This 2021 Edition of the Summer School follows the previous one held online as a result of COVID-19 pandemic (www.unive.it/ssgc).

The Summer School does offer the unique opportunity to bring together a number of experts in the field of Green Chemistry and young researchers. This synergy of competencies is a valuable occasion to promote and facilitate diffusion and transfer of the knowledge in this emerging and evolving field.

AIMS

  • Teach postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers in chemistry and associated disciplines from all over the world, either from academia or industry.
  • Indicate Green Chemistry as fundamental tool to approach pollutant reduction at source.
  • Give a view of the state-of-the-art on Green Chemistry researches in the last decades.
  • Facilitate a profitable and continuous exchange of ideas and information among the students, the instructors and the different stakeholders for the establishment of long-lasting scientific relationships. All these students will be ambassadors of Green Chemistry in their institutions, in their Countries, and to their peers, and so invited to form international networks of scientists.

The Summer School is organized and managed by the Green Sciences for Sustainable Development Foundation (www.gssd-foundation.org), a non-profit Foundation based in Venice, Italy. The Foundation’s website provides access to various lectures, proceedings, and reports of the previous editions of the Summer Schools.

Contact: green.chemistry@unive.it

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics
Via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia Mestre

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Green Chemistry Editor’s Choice: Francois Jérôme Selects Outstanding Articles. Read now for free

Editorial Board Member, Francois Jérôme has selected some outstanding research to share with you from Green Chemistry. Read them now for free until the end of April 2021!

François Jerome received his PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Burgundy in 2000 in the group of Prof. R. Guilard. Then, he moved as a postdoc to the University of California, Davis in the group of Prof. K. M. Smith followed by a second postdoctoral position at the University of Rennes 1 under the guidance of Prof. P. H. Dixneuf, where he worked on ruthenium-catalyzed reactions. In 2002, he joined the CNRS as a permanent researcher in the Laboratoire de Catalyse en Chimie Organique located at the University of Poitiers. In 2011, he was promoted as a CNRS research director at the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers. In 2015, he created the research federation INCREASE, hosted by the CNRS, gathering scientists from academia working together with chemical companies on the design of sustainable chemicals. He is now deputy of the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers, member of the executive committee of the French division of Catalysis and chairman of the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC); editions 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. His main research interests concern the development of technologies capable of activating and converting concentrated feed of renewable polyols (glycerol, mono- and polysaccharides) to specialty chemicals.

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Paper
Direct synthesis of a high-density aviation fuel using a polycarbonate
Lulin Wang, Fengan Han, Guangyi Li, Min Zheng, Aiqin Wang, Xiaodong Wang, Tao Zhang, Yu Cong and Ning Li
Green Chem., 2021, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03426F

Paper
Waste-minimized synthesis of C2 functionalized quinolines exploiting iron-catalysed C–H activation
Francesco Ferlin, Agnese Zangarelli, Simone Lilli, Stefano Santoro and Luigi Vaccaro
Green Chem., 2021, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03351K

Paper
Direct dimethyl carbonate synthesis from CO2 and methanol catalyzed by CeO2 and assisted by 2-cyanopyridine: a cradle-to-gate greenhouse gas emission study
Hajime Ohno, Mahdi Ikhlayel, Masazumi Tamura, Kenji Nakao, Kimihito Suzuki, Kentaro Morita, Yuzuru Kato, Keiichi Tomishige and Yasuhiro Fukushima
Green Chem., 2021, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03349A

Paper
One-step lignocellulose depolymerization and saccharification to high sugar yield and less condensed isolated lgnin
Sunitha Sadula, Natalia Rodriguez Quiroz, Abhay Athaley, Elvis Osamudiamhen Ebikade, Marianthi Ierapetritou, Dionisios G. Vlachos and Basudeb Saha
Green Chem., 2021, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC04119J

Paper
Direct Diels–Alder reactions of furfural derivatives with maleimides
Răzvan C. Cioc, Martin Lutz, Evgeny A. Pidko, Marc Crockatt, Jan C. van der Waal and Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx
Green Chem., 2021, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03558K

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Green Chemistry Editor’s Choice: Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli Selects Outstanding Articles. Read now for free

Associate Editor, Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli has selected some outstanding research to share with you from Green Chemistry. Read them now for free until the end of March 2021!

Alessandra is CNRS director of research in the “Surface organometallic chemistry” team of the C2P2 laboratory in Lyon (France). Her research in the C2P2 unit, under triple tutelage CNRS CPE and Université de Lyon 1, focuses on gaining molecular understanding of the interaction between organometallic precursors and solid surfaces, such as silica and more recently, metal organic frameworks and 2D supports, in route to heterogeneous catalysts and functional materials. As chairwoman of the Sustanability Chair of Chemical, Physics and Electronic Engineering School CPE Lyon, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and organizes the biyearly international conference “CO2 Forum” on large scale carbon dioxide utilisations”.

She has coauthored over 65 papers, among which 2 reviews, 2 book chapters and 3 patents and has edited 1 book. She serves as referee and evaluator in several French and European instances.

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Paper
Dehydra-decyclization of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran to pentadienes on boron-containing zeolites
Gaurav Kumar, Dongxia Liu, Dandan Xu, Limin Ren, Michael Tsapatsis and Paul J. Dauenhauer
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 4147-4160. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC00136H

Paper
Application of multifunctional silylenes and siliranes as universal crosslinkers for metal-free curing of silicones
Fabian A. D. Herz, Matthias Nobis, Daniel Wendel, Philipp Pahl, Philipp J. Altmann, Jan Tillmann, Richard Weidner, Shigeyoshi Inoue and Bernhard Rieger
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 4489-4497. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC00272K

Paper
Polyoxometalate-based metal–organic framework-derived bimetallic hybrid materials for upgraded electrochemical reduction of nitrogen
Xinming Wang, Zemin Feng, Boxin Xiao, Jingxiang Zhao, Huiyuan Ma, Yu Tian, Haijun Pang and Lichao Tan
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 6157-6169. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC01149E

Paper
Continuous flow processing of bismuth-photocatalyzed atom transfer radical addition reactions using an oscillatory flow reactor
Pauline Bianchi, Jason D. Williams and C. Oliver Kappe
Green Chem., 2021, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03070H

Paper
Chemo- and Regioselective Hydroformylation of Alkenes with CO2/H2 over a Bifunctional Catalyst
Kaimin Hua, Xiaofang Liu, Baiyin Wei, Zilong Shao, Yuchao Deng, Liangshu Zhong, Hui Wang and Yuhan Sun
Green Chem., 2021, Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03913F

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Green Chemistry 2020 Emerging Investigators themed issue now online!

We are delighted to announce that the Green Chemistry Emerging Investigators 2020 themed issue is now online and free to access until the beginning of March 2021.

This issue highlights the excellent research being undertaken by the rising stars of the green chemistry field from across the globe. All contributors were nominated by a member of the Green Chemistry Editorial or Advisory Board as an outstanding researcher in the early stages of their independent career, making a significant contribution to the advancement of green chemistry. Congratulations to all of those whose work is featured in the collection and we hope you enjoy reading it.

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Editorial
Green Chemistry profiles: contributors to the Emerging Investigators 2020 issue
Green Chem., 2020, DOI:10.1039/D0GC90114H

Tutorial Review
Photocatalytic hydrogen atom transfer: the philosopher’s stone for late-stage functionalization?
Luca Capaldo, Lorenzo Lafayette Quadri and Davide Ravelli
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 3376-3396, DOI:10.1039/D0GC01035A

Paper
Combined lignin defunctionalisation and synthesis gas formation by acceptorless dehydrogenative decarbonylation
Zhenlei Zhang, Douwe S. Zijlstra, Ciaran W. Lahive and Peter. J. Deuss
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 3791-3801, DOI:10.1039/D0GC01209B

Paper
Photocatalytic transfer hydrogenolysis of aromatic ketones using alcohols
Hongji Li, Zhuyan Gao, Lijun Lei, Huifang Liu, Jianyu Han, Feng Hong, Nengchao Luo and Feng Wang
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 3802-3808, DOI:10.1039/D0GC00732C

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Green Chemistry Editor’s Choice: Buxing Han Selects Outstanding Articles. Read now for free

Associate Editor, Buxing Han has selected some outstanding research to share with you from Green Chemistry. Read them now for free until the end of February 2021!

Professor Buxing Han received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1988, and did postdoctoral research from 1989 to 1991 at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been a professor at the Institute of Chemistry, CAS since 1993.

His research interests include physicochemical properties of green solvent systems and applications of green solvents in green chemistry, especially on transformation of CO2 and biomass into valuable chemicals and fuels. He has published more than 700 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as Science, Nat. Commun., Sci. Adv., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem. Rev., Acc. Chem. Res. and the papers have been cited more than 28000 times. He has also published 40 patents.

He is Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World(TWAS), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, former Chairman of IUPAC Subcommittee on Green Chemistry, Titular Member of Division III, IUPAC.

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Paper
Highly effective capture and subsequent catalytic transformation of low-concentration CO2 by superbasic guanidines
Hui Zhou, Wei Chen, Ji-Hong Liu, Wen-Zhen Zhang and Xiao-Bing Lu
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 7832-7838. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03009K

Paper
Thiol-promoted catalytic synthesis of high-performance furan-containing lubricant base oils from biomass derived 2-alkylfurans and ketones
Sibao Liu, Rameswar Bhattacharjee, Sha Li, Andrew Danielson, Tobias Mazal, Basudeb Saha and Dionisios G. Vlachos
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 7896-7906. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC01897J

Paper
Dipolar cycloadditions of HMF-based nitrones: stepwise and multicomponent reactions, stereochemical outcome and structural scope
Lianjie Wang, Charlie Verrier, Mohammed Ahmar and Yves Queneau
Green Chem., 2020, 22, 7907-7912. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC03004J

Paper
Tuning the coordination number of Fe single atoms for the efficient reduction of CO2
Huihuang Chen, Xu Guo, Xiangdong Kong, Yulin Xing, Yan Liu, Bolong Yu, Qun-Xiang Li, Zhigang Geng, Rui Si and Jie Zeng
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