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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 21 (2016) pp 133-135

An Advanced Multi-Step Project in Green Chemistry: Using Ionic Liquids in MoO3/H2O2 Catalyzed Epoxidation of cis-Cyclooctene

Francisco Montilla, Antonio Pastor, and Agustín Galindo*

Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Química, Universidad de Sevilla, Aptdo 1203, 41071 Sevilla, Spain;
Received January 5, 2016. Accepted June 14, 2016.

Published: 15 July 2016

Abstract. An advanced project in green chemistry is presented for introducing graduate or last-year undergraduate students to several concepts of sustainable chemistry. Molybdenum catalyzed epoxidation of cis-cyclooctene with hydrogen peroxide was carried out in the room temperature ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, [C4mim][PF6], under different reaction conditions. The project introduces students to a number of topics of interest in green chemistry (catalysis, green solvents and oxidants, recycling, green metrics evaluation) through a lab experience simulating research-level experimentation.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; inorganic chemistry; green chemistry

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