by Jonathan Kennedy-Ellis
Organic electrochemistry continues to enjoy a renaissance as more groups investigate its ability to perform selective transformations without the use of stoichiometric chemical oxidants, metal catalysts, or high energy precursors. Since our previous review by Matthew Hartle, research groups have prevailed to further expand the organic electrochemistry toolkit.1 Furthermore, there has been renewed interest by major industry players who see electrochemistry’s potential to use renewable electricity sources as an increasingly more economical pathway to essential products. The gap between academia and industry continues as while new processes develop in lab-based environments, they often scale poorly due to low current densities, faradic efficiencies, and the use of hazardous solvents. Companies such as the Electrosynthesis Company are uniquely positioned to help bridge that gap thanks to their deep understanding of both research lab, and industrial plant processes.