Computer-Assisted Design of Ionic Liquids for Efficient Synthesis of 3(2H)-Furanones: A Domino Reaction Triggered by CO2

Congmin Wang present the computer-assisted design of ionic liquids for the efficient synthesis of 3(2H)-furanones.

CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) has attracted much attention during this decade in the context of green economy. Ionic liquids (ILs) exhibit particularly attractive properties for CCU, due to their tunable structures that can be harnessed for absorption and activation of CO2. Recently, the group of Professor Congmin Wang at Zhejiang University (P. R. of China) discovered that the basicity of ILs is the key to influencing the gas absorption capacity, such as in the case of CO2 and SO2. In addition, a moderate basicity of IL is also crucial to ensuring its high catalytic activity in the synthesis of alkylidene carbonates from propargylic alcohols and atmospheric-pressure CO2

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