Nontraditional Activation Methods in Green and Sustainable Applications

Nontraditional Activation Methods in Green and Sustainable Applications

Microwaves; Ultrasounds; Photo-, Electro- and Mechanochemistry and High Hydrostatic Pressure

1st Edition - February 25, 2021

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  • Editors: Bela Torok, Christian Schafer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128190159
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128190098

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Nontraditional Activation Methods in Green and Sustainable Applications: Microwaves; Ultrasounds; Photo-, Electro- and Mechan-ochemistry and High Hydrostatic Pressure provides a broad overview of non-traditional activation methods to help readers identify and use appropriate approaches in reducing the environmental impact of their work. Sections discuss the fundamental principles of each method and provide examples of their practical use, illustrating their usefulness. Given the importance of expanding laboratory based technologies to the industrial level, chapters that cover both existing and potential industrial and environmental applications are also included. Highlighting the usefulness and adaptability of these methods for a range of practical applications, this book is a practical guide for both those involved with the design and application of synthetic methodologies and those interested in the implementation and impact of green chemistry principles in practice, from synthetic and medicinal chemists, to food developers and environmental policy planners.

Key Features

  • Discusses, and critically assesses, the advantages of non-traditional activation methods in green and sustainable chemistry applications
  • Features individual chapters written by renowned experts in the field
  • Contains extensive, state-of-the-art reference sections, providing critically filtered information to readers


Chemists, Chemical Engineers and Researchers in related fields interested in green chemistry and sustainability (across both academia and industry)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Advantages of non-traditional activation methods in green and sustainable chemistry: an introduction

    2. Activation of chemical reactions on solid catalysts under microwave irradiation

    3. Recent Advances in Multicomponent Microwave Assisted Ugi Reactions

    4. Microwave-assisted Flow Systems

    5. Sonocatalytic approach and ultrasonically-assisted methods in producing fine chemicals.

    6. The catalytic production of Biofuels (Biodiesel and Bioethanol) using Sonochemical, Microwave and Mechanical methods

    7. A new color in green chemistry: Photochromic molecular switches as components of multifunctional catalytic systems.

    8. Photochemical rearrangements

    9. Electrochemical activation in organic synthesis applications

    10. Electrochemical anodic oxidative fluorination and trifluoroalkylation of organic compounds

    11. In situ investigations of mechanochemical reactions

    12. From solution-based non-conventional activation methods to mechanochemical procedures: the hydantoin case’

    13. Application of mechanochemical activation in synthetic organic chemistry

    14. Combination of mechanochemical and ultrasonic activations

    15. Asymmetric Synthesis By Nontraditional Activation Methods: Ultrasonic, Microwave, Electro-, Photo- and Mechanochemically activated Reactions

    16. High hydrostatic pressure in food industry applications

Product details

  • No. of pages: 604
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: February 25, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128190159
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128190098

About the Editors

Bela Torok

Dr Torok received his Ph.D. from the University of Szeged, Hungary in Organic Chemistry/Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1995. After receiving his Ph.D. he did postdoctoral training with the 1994 Nobel Laureate George Olah at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles working on the development of environmentally benign alkylate gasoline production. He has held various faculty appointments at Michigan Technological University and the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry. In 2011/12 he was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with the 2005 Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock on the development of new alkene metathesis catalysts. His main research focus is on the design of new green chemistry processes for the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The major tools applied in his research are heterogeneous catalysis (both metal and solid acid), catalytic hydrogenation, the application of aqueous medium in organic synthesis and unusual activation methods such as microwave and ultrasonic irradiation. He has published over 150 papers and book chapters, many of them in the journal Green Chemistry and Green Chemistry related books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Christian Schafer

Dr Schäfer received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in chemistry after studies at the Technical University Darmstadt and University Bordeaux 1. Subsequently he moved to University of Strasbourg and worked on metal-mediated cyclization reactions under the supervision of Michel Miesch. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Strasbourg in 2013, he moved to the University of Massachusetts Boston to work as a postdoctoral researcher with Béla Török. He is currently a lecturer and research scientist at UMass Boston, where his research interests are in the development of new methods for green transformations with a focus on catalytic hydrogenation in water.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

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