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Barbara Reisner, James Madison University
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green solvents

I'm doing some metal-organic framework synthesis and most of the syntheses employ DEF or DMF.  I'm not a fan of either solvent (okay - I'm a solid state chemist) and would like to use something a bit "greener".  Does anyone have suggestions for resources that talk about green solvents for inorganic system, particularly resources that suggest specific replacements for solvents? 
Barbara Reisner, James Madison University
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I know it's silly to answer my own post, but I remembered that I attended a seminar given by Richard Engler at the EPA where he talked about green solvents.  I sent him an email asking my question and he sent me the link to an awesome paper from the folks at Pfizer Global Research and Development.

Alfonsi, K. et. al. "Green chemistry tools to influence a medicinal chemistry and research chemistry based organisation", Green Chem. 2008, 10, 31-36.

With a title like this, I'm not sure I ever would have found this!

Kyle Grice, DePaul University
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Hi Barbara,

 

So, what's the greenest substitute for DEF or DMF? 

 

Cheers,

Kyle