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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2010)

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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael A. R. Meier

University of Potsdam, Institute of Chemistry, Laboratory of Sustainable Organic Synthesis, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Golm / Potsdam, Germany
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Interests: renewable raw materials; fats and oils; catalysis; metathesis; polymers; controlled/living polymerization; block-copolymers

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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability and approaches that are along the line with the principles of green chemistry are already now in the focus of many chemists. Some important issues that need our attention are the minimization of (toxic) waste, the use of efficient catalytic chemical reactions, the sustainable utilization of renewable feedstocks, and many others. In addition, it is very important to include these concepts to the curriculum of our students in order to educate a future generation of chemists that will not repeat the mistakes made by their predecessors.

Prof. Dr. Michael A. R. Meier
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • green chemistry
  • catalysis
  • renewable raw materials
  • waste prevention
  • environmental assessment
  • atom economy
  • education

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Open AccessArticle New Challenge for Classics: Neutral Zinc Complexes Stabilised by 2,2’-Bipyridine and 1,10-Phenanthroline and Their Application in the Ring-Opening Polymerisation of Lactide
Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1226-1239; doi:10.3390/su1041226
Received: 30 October 2009 / Accepted: 3 December 2009 / Published: 8 December 2009
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The zinc acetato and triflato complexes of 2,2’-bipyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline were prepared and completely characterised. The whole series (including the already described dichlorido complexes and the ligands themselves) were screened for their catalytic activity in the solvent free ring-opening polymerisation of D,L-lactide. The
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The zinc acetato and triflato complexes of 2,2’-bipyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline were prepared and completely characterised. The whole series (including the already described dichlorido complexes and the ligands themselves) were screened for their catalytic activity in the solvent free ring-opening polymerisation of D,L-lactide. The acetato and triflato complexes were found to be active initiators and polylactides could be obtained in almost quantitative yields or with high molecular weights, up to 145,000 g/mol. Full article
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Open AccessReview Chemically Modified Cyclodextrins: An Attractive Class of Supramolecular Hosts for the Development of Aqueous Biphasic Catalytic Processes
Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 924-945; doi:10.3390/su1040924
Received: 22 September 2009 / Accepted: 16 October 2009 / Published: 27 October 2009
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During these last years, cyclodextrins have contributed greatly to the development of catalytic processes in water. These cyclic oligosaccharides composed of 6(α), 7(β) or 8(γ) glucopyranose units improve the mass transfer in aqueous-organic two-phase systems and are useful compounds to design new catalysts.
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During these last years, cyclodextrins have contributed greatly to the development of catalytic processes in water. These cyclic oligosaccharides composed of 6(α), 7(β) or 8(γ) glucopyranose units improve the mass transfer in aqueous-organic two-phase systems and are useful compounds to design new catalysts. Thus, chemically modified cyclodextrins can be used to: (i) increase significantly the rate and selectivity of reactions catalyzed by water-soluble organometallic complexes, (ii) design new water-soluble ligands for aqueous organometallic catalysis, (iii) stabilize catalytically active noble metal nanoparticles in water and (iv) favour the dispersion and activation of the palladium on charcoal in water. Full article
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