Synthesis without reagents: what industry should be missing

12 Jan 2015

In this day and age, we simply know too much about the negative effects of waste to continue to dispose of it without considering its potential impact on the environment and human health. Driven by this knowledge and an increasing need, reagentless synthesis has been receiving more attention as a means of production from which no – or at least minimal – chemical waste stream is generated. Thus, rather than utilizing hazardous reagent chemicals, reagentless processes use energy and forces such as light, heat, pressure, ultrasound, and electrolysis to drive reactions.

This spring, SCI's Fine Chemicals Group brings us an event, Reagentless Synthesis, that will highlight the latest developments in the field as well as the opportunities and challenges in using this approach to synthesis.  Leading researchers from industry and academia will include Dr Malcolm Berry, Director of Chemistry and Continuous Processing at GlaxoSmithKline, Prof Kevin Booker-Milburn of University of Bristol, Prof Oliver Kappe of University of Graz, Prof Thomas Wirth of Cardiff University, Prof David Harrowven of Southampton University, and Prof Kevin Moeller of Washington University who will showcase their latest research.

Chemists in academia and industry interested in pursuing more sustainable practices and applying green technologies to their processes will benefit from this one-day meeting. Reagentless synthesis topics will be related to molecular synthesis, green chemistry, sustainable industrial processing, molecular design, waste elimination, continuous flow, organic photochemistry as well as recent developments in some of the enabling technologies that facilitate the application of reagentless synthesis.

Join SCI's Fine Chemicals Group on Wednesday, 1 April 2015 for what will be a fascinating event. In order to take advantage of off-peak travel, this meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Registration information is available via the link below.

Stephanie Harris

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