By Matthew Hartle, Ph.D.
Organic electrochemistry is an area that is receiving more attention as chemists face pressures to synthesize more complex molecular targets in a more efficient fashion. The pressure comes from many corners including a desire to develop processes that are greener and more sustainable while producing significantly fewer toxic wastes and a reduction in manufacturing costs. It helps that many electrochemical processes are safer to operate and can be inherently linked to renewable energies. While innovations in beaker-scale electrolysis1 have opened the field to the typical organic bench chemist, a technology gap exists for scaling the reactions to the production level.2 Here we review several recent organic transformations that could either scale to larger flow-cell type systems or require further optimization in parallel with scale-up, as examples where the technology gap could be bridged. The Electrosynthesis Company is well-positioned to bridge the gap that exists between the bench and commercialization.
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