About this Research Topic
The growing interest in biomass as a renewable source of raw materials has today made available a wide variety of solvents that are proving to be effective alternatives to traditional ones. Solketal, glycerol carbonate, levulinates, furfural, gamma-valerolactone and other related solvents typically derive from smart transformations of lignocellulosic sources, vegetable oils, terpenes, and therefore belong to numerous and different classes of compounds. This plethora of possibilities facilitates the choice of the most suitable solvent for each specific case, exploiting their specific physical chemical properties. This prerogative is often coupled with a beneficial environmental compatibility due to their generally lower toxicity and flammability, but higher biodegradability. For these reasons, biomass-derived solvents have proved to offer innovative advantages for newer applications in research and applied areas. Their use can also be of great importance in the context of transformations promoted by organometallic catalysts, in order to reduce the environmental impact, improve the reaction conditions, direct the selectivity, and also facilitate the separation of the catalyst and its reuse. This volume collects contributions that exploit the use of these solvents, demonstrating their beneficial impact in the development of green organometallic processes.
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