Micellar Catalysis

By: Troy Ryba, ChemFiles Volume 11 Article 1

Beginning in 2008, Lipshutz et al. published a series of papers demonstrating the viability of surfactant promoted, transition metal-catalyzed chemistry in water at room temperature. Using a variety of commercially available surfactants, a number of palladium- and ruthenium-catalyzed processes were found to be amenable to mild, room temperature reactions in water. Products can be recovered from the aqueous phase using standard extraction procedures and in high isolated yields.

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