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Metallomicelles as potent catalysts for the ester hydrolysis reactions in water

Bhattacharya, Santanu and Kumari, Namita (2009) Metallomicelles as potent catalysts for the ester hydrolysis reactions in water. In: Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 253 (17-18). pp. 2133-2149.

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Abstract

Synthetic amphiphiles have been employed for the investigation of diverse topics, e.g. membrane mimetics, drug delivery, ion sensing and even in certain separation processes. Metal-complexing amphiphiles comprise an interesting class of compounds possessing multiple utilities. Upon solubilization in water they form metallomicelles. For achieving specific catalysis of a variety of reactions, metallomicelles were utilized by applying the principles of coordination chemistry and self-organizing systems. Because of their certain similarities with the natural enzymes, metallomicelles were synthesized as catalysts for many reactions. In particular the metallomicelles play a catalytic role in reactions involving the hydrolysis of activated carboxylate esters, phosphate esters and amides at ambient conditions near neutral pH. Apart from the hydrolysis reactions, these were exploited to play pertinent role as Lewis acid catalysts in cycloaddition reactions, and in other reactions such as phenolic oxidation in presence of hydrogen peroxide. In this review we emphasize with the help of assorted examples, the design, synthesis of metal-complexing amphiphiles and their aggregation behavior leading to catalytic hydrolysis reactions in aqueous media.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science
Keywords: Metallomicelles; Aggregates; Ester hydrolysis; Catalysis; Metalloenzyme mimics; Decontamination; Organophosphates
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 11:21
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/22278

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