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Environmental science and pollution research international

Ecocatalysis for 2H-chromenes synthesis: an integrated approach for phytomanagement of polluted ecosystems.


PMID 25131683

Abstract

A direct, general and efficient method to synthesize 2H-chromenes (2H-benzo[b]pyrans), identified as environmentally friendly pesticides, has been developed. This approach lays on the new concept of ecocatalysis, which involves the use of biomass from phytoextraction processes, as a valuable source of metallic elements for chemical synthesis. This methodology is similar or superior to known methods, affording 2H-chromenes with good to excellent yields (60-98%), including the preparation of precocene I, a natural insect growth regulator, with 91% yield. The approach is ideal for poor reactive substrates such as phenol or naphthol, classically transformed into 2H-chromenes by methodologies associated with environmental issues. These results illustrate the interest of combining phytoextraction and green synthesis of natural insecticides.