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Dynamic Covalent Chemistry of Carbon Dioxide: Opportunities to Address Environmental Issues

Dynamic Covalent Chemistry of Carbon Dioxide: Opportunities to Address Environmental Issues
Geoffroy Germain, Jean Septavaux, Julien Leclaire
Extraction and purification of basic chemicals from complex mixtures has been a persistent issue throughout the development of the chemical sciences. The chemical industry and academic research have grown over the centuries by following a deconstruction–reconstruction approach, reminiscent of the metabolism process. Chemists have designed and optimized extraction, purification, and transformation processes of molecules from natural deposits (fossil fuels, biomass, ores), in order to reassemble them into complex adducts. These highly selective and cost-effective techniques arose from developments in physical chemistry but also in supramolecular chemistry, long before the term was even coined. Thanks to the extremely diverse toolbox currently available to the scientific community, artificial molecular systems of increasing complexity can be built and integrated into high-technology products. If humanity has proven through the ages how gifted it can be at this deconstruction–reconstruction game, which has transformed the natural world to a human-shaped one, it has been confronted for more than a century by a new challenge: the deconstruction and reconstruction from a new type of deposit, the waste resulting from the mass production of disposable manufactured goods.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00147

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00147

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