Reactions and Separations in Tunable Solvents
Thomas, Colin A.
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The work in this thesis couples reactions with separations through the use of switchable and tunable solvents. Tunable solvents are mixed solvents which can be easily altered to afford conditions optimal for reaction or separation. Switchable solvents are solvents that can be switched when desired to alter their properties affording conditions suitable for separation. Other studies are of the reaction of CO2 with the amidine base DBU, and an NMR study of solvent-to-solute nuclear Overhauser effects. These examples constitute a marriage of reaction environment with separation environment, significantly, to the benefit of both.