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Green Chemistry Gets Electric Jolt

Posted August 14, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A common chemical reaction that typically involves using either toxic or costly reagents can now be achieved using safe, inexpensive chemicals and good old-fashioned electrochemistry. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and pharmaceutical chemists at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Asymchem Life Science of China teamed up to develop an easily scalable method to achieve allylic oxidation, a chemical reaction widely used in the pharmaceutical, flavor, and fragrance industries. The method relies on a simple electric current to drive the reaction.


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