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Pure Appl. Chem., 2013, Vol. 85, No. 5, pp. 941-956

Published online 2013-04-09

Recent catalytic approaches to chemical synthesis from carbon feedstocks*

Charles S. Yeung

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Abstract: Traditional organic synthesis is driven by the need for functional molecules. The development of green chemical methods, however, is an increasingly important challenge in the context of global sustainability. To this end, the direct use of abundant carbon feedstocks in synthesis (such as CO, CO2, methanol, arenes, alkanes, α-olefins, and biological raw materials) aims to minimize waste production and increase efficiency.
*Pure Appl. Chem. 85, 883-956 (2013). A collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles by the winners of the 2012 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.