Issue Date: September 12, 2011
In a fit of whimsy, a research group at Northern Arizona University has taken a crack at using commercial brands of distilled alcohols as solvents to carry out common organic syntheses. Besides providing a bit of fun and helping draw the chemical interest of students, the research has the practical aspect of using ethanol as a green solvent to replace halogenated and other types of petroleum-derived solvents that are toxic and environmentally problematic.
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