Volume 95 Issue 11 | pp. 23-25
Issue Date: March 13, 2017

Electrosynthesis gives organic chemists more power

Using electric current as a reagent streamlines reactions by avoiding hazardous reagents, generating less waste, and reducing cost
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: green chemistry, synthesis, electrochemistry, electrosynthesis, redox, cross-coupling, organic chemistry

When it comes to electrochemistry, the first thing that pops into mind probably isn’t C–H activation or arene cross-coupling reactions. You might think of batteries and solar cells, or industrial processes such as electroplating and the electrolytic production of metals such as aluminum. Others might think of cyclic voltammetry, a technique used to study the chemical properties of compounds and reaction mechanisms.

But for plain old organic chemistry, like those arene cross-couplings, electrochemistry isn’t common . . .

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