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Aqueous Microemulsions as Efficient and Versatile Media for Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Reactions

Jason G. Taylor A and Jailton Ferrari B C

A Departamento de Química, ICEB, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, UFOP, Campus Universitário Morro do Cruzeiro, 35400-000, Ouro Preto-MG, Brazil.
B Departamento de Química, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, UFPB, Campus I, João Pessoa, Paraíba, CEP 58051-970, Brazil.
C Corresponding author. Email: jferrari@quimica.ufpb.br

Australian Journal of Chemistry 66(4) 470-476 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH12492
Submitted: 1 November 2012  Accepted: 18 December 2012   Published: 31 January 2013

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The search for efficient and versatile reaction medium to perform transition-metal-catalyzed reactions is a continuous challenge to the synthetic community. Organic solvents have been traditionally employed for this task, nevertheless, new environmentally friendly, safe, and economically viable alternatives are still highly sought after. In this context, herein, we present an overview of some interesting applications of aqueous microemulsions (oil-in-water, O/W) for transition metal catalyzed reactions as an alternative and promising aqueous-organic reaction medium that has been found to be a highly effective tool in overcoming some environmental or practical issues presented by traditional organic solvents.


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