Recent Advances in the Use of Glycerol as Green Solvent for Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Alba E. Díaz-Álvarez, Javier Francos, Pascale Croche and Victorio Cadierno
Affiliation: Departamento de Química Orgánica e Inorgánica, Facultad de Química, Universidad de Oviedo, Julián Clavería 8, E-33006 Oviedo, Spain
Keywords: Biocatalysis, glycerol, green solvent, homogeneous catalysis, hydrogen donor, organic synthesis, promoting medium.
Owing to its biodegradable and non-toxic nature, glycerol, the main byproduct in the production of biodiesel
fuel, is being actively investigated as a green reaction medium for synthetic organic chemistry. A huge number of synthetic
transformations have been conducted in glycerol in recent years, showing most of them having similar or even superior
efficiency and selectivity than those performed in conventional petroleum-based organic solvents. Herein, an overview
on the most recent advances reached in the field is presented.
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