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Bridging lab and industry with flow electrochemistry

Bridging lab and industry with flow electrochemistry

Tanbouza, Nour, Ollevier, Thierry and Lam, Kevin ORCID: 0000-0003-1481-9212 (2020) Bridging lab and industry with flow electrochemistry. iScience, 23 (11):101720. ISSN 2589-0042 (Online) (doi:

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A revitalization of organic electrosynthesis has incited the organic chemistry community to adopt electrochemistry as a green and cost-efficient method for activating small molecules to replace highly toxic and expensive redox chemicals. However, many of the critical challenges of batch electrosynthesis, especially for organic synthesis, still remain. The combination of continuous flow technology and electrochemistry is a potent means to enable industry to implement large scale electrosynthesis. Indeed, flow electrosynthesis helps overcome problems that mainly arise from macro batch electro-organic systems, such as mass transfer, ohmic drop, and selectivity, but this is still far from being a flawless and generic applicable process. As a result, a notable increase in research on methodology and hardware sophistication has emerged, and many hitherto uncharted chemistries have been achieved. To better help the commercialization of wide-scale electrification of organic synthesis, we highlight in this perspective the advances made in large-scale flow electrosynthesis and its future trajectory while pointing out the main challenges and key improvements of current methodologies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: industry, electrosynthesis, electrochemistry, flow chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Science (SCI)
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 15:39

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