Volume 89 Issue 37 | p. 24
Issue Date: September 12, 2011

Intoxicating Chemistry

ACS Meeting News: In spirited research, chemists use brand-name liquors as solvents for organic syntheses
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry
Keywords: alcohol, liqour, suzuki coupling, green solvents

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.

Nathan B. . . .

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