Our current research in this area focuses on the development of "environmentally friendly" methods for organic synthesis including the application of supercritical fluids as reaction media for organic synthesis and the use of microwave irradiation to promote synthetic reactions. We are also investigating environmentally friendly strategies for pest control. For recent publications in this area, see:
"Kinetic Correlation of Diels-Alder
Reactions in Supercritical Carbon
Dioxide", R. D. Weinstein, A. R. Renslo, R. L. Danheiser, J. G. Harris
J. Phys. Chem., 1996, 100, 12337.
"Pictet-Spengler Reactions in Multiphasic Supercritical Carbon Dioxide/CO2-Expanded Liquid Media. In Situ Generation of Carbamates as a Strategy for Reactions of Amines in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide", J. R. Dunetz, R. P. Ciccolini, M. Fröling, S. M. Papp, A. J. Allen, A. B. Holmes, J. W. Tester, and R. L. Danheiser, Chem. Commun . 2005, 4465.
"Palladium Catalysed Aryl Amination Reactions in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide", C. J. Smith, M. W. S. Tsang, A. B. Holmes, R. L. Danheiser, and J. W. Tester Org. Biomol. Chem . 2005, 3 , 3767.
"Reaction Rates in Ultrasonic Emulsions of Dense Carbon Dioxide and Water", M. T. Timko, R. L. Danheiser, J. I. Steinfeld, J. W. Tester, and K. A. Smith, AIChE J . 2006, S2, 1127.
"Synthesis of Amides and Lactams in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide ", X. Y. Mak, R. P. Ciccolini, J. M. Robinson, J. W. Tester, and R. L. Danheiser, J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 9381.
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