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Current Organic Synthesis
ISSN (Print): 1570-1794
ISSN (Online): 1875-6271
VOLUME: 2
ISSUE: 4
DOI: 10.2174/157017905774322640      Price:  $58









Ionic Liquids in Carbohydrate Chemistry - Current Trends and Future Directions

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Author(s): Saravanababu Murugesan and Robert J. Linhardt
Pages 437-451 (15)
Abstract:
Room Temperature Ionic Liquids (RTILs) have recently been introduced as new solvents in the chemical and biotechnological arenas. Carbohydrates are important natural products that play important biological and commercial roles as foods, drugs and chemical feedstocks. They have two properties that complicate their use a low solubility in most solvents and complex, highly chiral structures. We are currently witnessing a rapid increase in novel applications for newly discovered RTILs. This account reviews the application of RTILs in carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry as a mono / biphasic solvent, a solvent / catalyst and a product retrieval media.
Keywords:
carbohydrates, room temperature ionic liquids, green chemistry, catalysis
Affiliation:
Biotechnology Center,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 12180 USA.