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A Greener Way to Make Ketones

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A Greener Way to Make Ketones

Credit: McGill University, doi:10.1038/nchem.2903
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Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.

In an article published online last month in Nature Chemistry, the McGill scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available by-product of combustion, can instead be used to form high-energy chemicals that react directly with benzene to generate ketones.  “This approach could offer a new and green method to activate readily available, but inert hydrocarbons, and use them to make a variety of valuable products,” says McGill chemistry professor Bruce Arndtsen, senior author of the study.

This article has been republished from materials provided by McGill University. Note: material may have been edited for length and content. For further information, please contact the cited source.

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