A more sustainable chemistry with elemental sulfur
Thanh Binh Nguyen
Université Paris-Saclay, France
Facing a more and more rapid depletion of natural resources, one of the most challenging problems to be solved of modern organic chemistry is to develop reactions enabling access to target molecules from simple and readily available starting materials with higher efficiency in number of atoms while reducing the number of steps, unnecessary redox changes and waste. With this idea in mind, we have been concentrating on the use of elemental sulfur – an abundant waste of oil and gas industry with annual product up to 70 MT – as a polyvalent synthetic tool. This lecture will focus on organic redox reactions developed in our laboratory involving this element as a new synthetic strategy that satisfies most of the requirements of a more sustainable chemistry.
Thanh Binh Nguyen received his BS degree (2004) from the University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh city, Vietnam and subsequently his MS (2005) and PhD degrees (2008) from the the Université du Maine – Le Mans -France. After a two-year postdoctoral stay at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles – Gif-sur-Yvette – France, he obtained a permanent research associate position (Chargé de Recherche) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in 2011, working in the same institute. His main research interest is the development of new synthetic methods for carbon-nitrogen bond formation with a strong emphasis on using elemental sulfur, molecular iodine and iron–sulfur catalysts.
Duc Duy Vo, Uppsala University