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Bryanna Tanase John Torres Geoffrey Gray Greener Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor with Oxone
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Introduction Green chemistry is a method of designing chemical experiments that are less detrimental to the environment and that produce less waste overall 2 . It is governed by 12 principles: prevention of waste, atom economy (maximizing incorporation of reactants into products), less hazardous syntheses (reducing toxicity), designing safer chemicals, as well as solvents and auxiliaries, design for energy efficiency, use of renewable feedstocks, reduction of derivatives, catalysis, use of biodegradable products, pollution prevention, and accident prevention 2 . According to the EPA, some of the major benefits of green chemistry include cleaner air and water, less exposure to toxic chemicals, less potential for global warming, higher yields for chemical reactions, and fewer steps during synthesis 3 . In organic chemistry, an oxidation reaction occurs when a compound gains oxygen or halogens and loses hydrogen 4 . The most common compound to be oxidized are alcohols, and the
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