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      Continuous Flow Synthesis of High Valuable N-Heterocycles via Catalytic Conversion of Levulinic Acid

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          Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C 3N 4) was successfully functionalized with a low platinum loading to give rise to an effective and stable catalytic material. The synthesized g-C 3N 4/Pt was fully characterized by XRD, N 2 physisorption, XPS, SEM-Mapping, and TEM techniques. Remarkably, XPS analysis revealed that Pt was in a dominant metallic state. In addition, XPS together with XRD and N 2 physisorption measurements indicated that the g-C 3N 4 preserves its native structure after the platinum deposition process. g-C 3N 4/Pt was applied to the catalytic conversion of levulinic acid to N-heterocycles under continuous flow conditions. Reaction parameters (temperature, pressure, and concentration of levulinic acid) were studied using 3 levels for each parameter, and the best conditions were employed for the analysis of the catalyst's stability. The catalytic system displayed high selectivity to 1-ethyl-5-methylpyrrolidin-2-one and outstanding stability after 3 h of reaction.

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              Liquid phase oxidation chemistry in continuous-flow microreactors.

              Continuous-flow liquid phase oxidation chemistry in microreactors receives a lot of attention as the reactor provides enhanced heat and mass transfer characteristics, safe use of hazardous oxidants, high interfacial areas, and scale-up potential. In this review, an up-to-date overview of both technological and chemical aspects of liquid phase oxidation chemistry in continuous-flow microreactors is given. A description of mass and heat transfer phenomena is provided and fundamental principles are deduced which can be used to make a judicious choice for a suitable reactor. In addition, the safety aspects of continuous-flow technology are discussed. Next, oxidation chemistry in flow is discussed, including the use of oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, ozone and other oxidants in flow. Finally, the scale-up potential for continuous-flow reactors is described.

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                Front Chem
                Front Chem
                Front. Chem.
                Frontiers in Chemistry
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                26 February 2019
                : 7
                1Grupo FQM-383, Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Cordoba , Cordoba, Spain
                2Scientific Center for Molecular Design and Synthesis of Innovative Compounds for the Medical Industry, People's Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) , Moscow, Russia
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                Edited by: Fabio Aricò, Università Ca' Foscari, Italy

                Reviewed by: Steve Suib, University of Connecticut, United States; Svetlana Ivanova, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain; Christophe Len, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

                *Correspondence: Mario J. Muñoz-Batista qo2mubam@ 123456uco.es ; jmunoz385x@ 123456gmail.com

                This article was submitted to Green and Sustainable Chemistry, a section of the journal Frontiers in Chemistry

                Copyright © 2019 Rodríguez-Padrón, Puente-Santiago, Balu, Muñoz-Batista and Luque.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Figures: 6, Tables: 2, Equations: 0, References: 40, Pages: 8, Words: 4631
                Funded by: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad 10.13039/501100003329
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