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Enviromentally clean organic chemistry and synthesis in supercritical water


The minimisation of toxic waste and unwanted chemical byproducts is a major goal for EU chemists both in universities and industry. Water is an obvious solvent for ;'cleaner chemistry". High temperature water (near-or super-critical) shows increased acidity and lowered polarity, greatly extending the possible range of chemistry which can be carried out in water. The University of Nottingham has started a major project with industrial and government funding to establish how supercritical water can be exploited most effectively for organic synthesis leading to useful products. The Applicant is an organic chemist with particular experience of oxidation. Her project in Nottingham will provide valuable training in high pressure techniques, an area in which Nottingham has an established reputation. Her objective will be to develop oxidation chemistry for transformations of interest to synthetic chemists and the fine chemicals industry. The goal is to develop understanding of the principles which govern organic chemistry under these harsh conditions. The project involves collaboration with industry in UK and Germany.

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