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Interface-rich Aqueous Systems for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis

Gallou, Fabrice and Parmentier, Michael (2019) Interface-rich Aqueous Systems for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis. Chimia., 73 (9). pp. 714-719.


Mimicking enzyme's exquisite activity and selectivity is a long-standing goal for sustainable chemical method development in aqueous media. The use of interface-rich aqueous systems, such as single-chain polymers, micelles and vesicle membranes recently emerged as strategy to emulate the compartmentalisation of natural systems. In aqueous solution, aggregates such as micelles or microemulsion droplets are formed, providing reaction environments different from bulk solutions that frequently improve selectivity and accelerate reaction rates for a wide array of chemical transformations. We present here selected examples of interface-rich aqueous systems and discuss the advantages they offer for chemical synthesis. Particularly metal-catalysed cross-coupling reactions are highlighted and future challenges to perform reactions in interface-rich aqueous media are discussed.

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Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 00:45
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 00:45