Modern chemical synthesis often requires special environmental factors, such as high pressure, high temperature, chemical catalysts, or an oxygen-free atmosphere, just to name a few. Aside from the energy requirements, which can get expensive monetarily, the chemical requirements can get expensive environmentally in the case of an accident or spill.
In recent years, mechanochemical ball milling has been able to produce complex chemical compounds, such as the metal-organic framework ZIF-8, from simple non-toxic components. Ball milling is essentially a rapidly vibrating container into which is put the reactants and steel balls.
The balls collide perhaps hundreds or thousands of times per second, compressing the reactants between each ball in an instant of extreme pressure and temperature. These myriad collisions are what make the ball mill functional, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
The moment of collision in mechanochemistry, and the actual process on a molecular scale has, until now, been difficult to observe, but Tomislav Frii of McGill University, in collaboration with the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and the University of Cambridge, the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, has succeeded.
Using high-energy x-rays, Frii was able to observe, in real time, the chemical reactions as they occurred inside the ball mill, without disturbing the process. When we set out to study these reactions, the challenge was to observe the entire reaction without disturbing it, in particular the short-lived intermediates that appear and disappear under continuous impact in less than a minute, says Frii.
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The aim of this book Ball Milling towards Green Synthesis is to highlight the importance of ball milling as a potential route to produce organic materials. The book was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and edited by Brindaban Ranu and Achim Stolle. In this book, applications, projects, advantages and challenges related to ball milling for specific organic syntheses are reviewed. In principle the book should interest researchers working in general mechanochemistry: however in this reviewers opinion most of the chapters are aimed more at the organic chemist. The book is very well structured for researchers focused on organic synthesis, allowing them to go directly to a specific subject. Also, the book has a very formulaic structure; every chapter systematically describes specific organic syntheses, with experimental procedures, yields and advantages of using ball milling over other techniques. Each chapter describes the ball milling conditions in detail, including specifications of different milling equipment (Figure 1), which may be of interest for general research on the technique.
The main reactions described in this book are related to the following processes: carboncarbon and carbonheteroatom bond formation, oxidation-reduction, organocatalytic reactions, dehydrogenative coupling, synthesis of peptides and polymeric materials. One key point of the book is that it highlights how ball milling can be used not just for particle size reduction applications but for creating chemical reactions since the energy induced by the mechanical treatment is high enough to induce transformations. In all chapters the authors point out that mechanochemical reactions lead to economic advantages over existing technologies providing the same products.
The content of this book is arranged in ten chapters, which are based on different organic chemistries. Each chapter is divided into several sections related to specific organic syntheses or reactions. All chapters show how successfully the technique can be used to obtain specific organic products, and information is provided about experimental procedures and yields as well as a comparison with conventional routes such as solution chemistry, microwave and ultrasound methods.
Chapter 1, Carbon-Heteroatom Bond Forming Reactions and Heterocycle Synthesis under Ball Milling by Brindaban C. Ranu, Tanmay Chatterjee and Nirmalya Mukherjee (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India) covers carbonheteroatom (CN, CO, CS, CCl, CBr) bond formation and synthesis of heterocycles under ball milling. The authors show examples of the quantitative formation of different organic materials of commercial interest such as imines, azines, hydroquinone and hydrazine. It is pointed out that chemical reactions with fullerenes in solution are difficult to perform. Ball milling gives the opportunity to carry out the synthesis in the solid state. It was found that this method provides better results than performing the reaction in solution.
Chapter 2, CarbonCarbon Bond Forming by Ball Milling by Katharina Jacob, Robert Schmidt and Achim Stolle (Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany), shows how carboncarbon bonds can be formed by ball milling to produce compounds such as diphenylacetylene or biphenyl derivatives, which are used in medicine, drug design and electronics. The advantages of this method over conventional routes such as microwave or ultrasound-assisted synthetic routes are highlighted. Shorter reaction times and previously unknown molecular transformations have been reported. Reactions between carbon electrophiles and organometallic nucleophiles, known as cross-coupling reactions, were carried out in different high energy mills, with different milling times, media size and media materials, giving increased selectivity compared to solution based techniques.
Chapter 3, Oxidation and Reduction by Solid Oxidants and Reducing Agents using Ball-Milling by Giancarlo Cravotto and Emanuela Calcio Gaudino (University of Turin, Italy) deals with several oxidation and reduction reactions in the solid state by application of ball milling, generally under solvent-free conditions. Again the authors emphasise the efficiency and scalability of the ball milling process as well as the absence of solvents and the low energy consumption. The different examples shown in this chapter confirm that technical parameters such as volume, size of the reactor, material and number of milling balls have a clear effect on the final product. Vibration or revolutions, speed and milling time also needed to be optimised in order to improve yields.
Chapter 4, Asymmetric Organocatalytic Reactions under Ball Milling by Elizabeth Machuca and Eusebio Juaristi (Centro de Investigacin y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politcnico Nacional, Mexico) highlights some advantages of the application such as the ability to carry out reactions in the absence of solvent, with an immediate reduction in costs and handling procedures. A very interesting finding is that by-products and potentially toxic wastes are frequently reduced. The shorter heating time, implying energy savings, is once again highlighted, as well as the frequent observation of reduced reaction times.
Chapter 5, Cross Dehydrogenative Coupling Reactions by Ball Milling by Jingbo Yu, Zhijiang Jiang and Weike Su (Zhejiang University of Technology, China) confirms how ball milling can promote cross dehydrogenative coupling (CDC) and asymmetric CDC reactions. This method efficiently provides CC bonds directly from CH bonds.
In Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 the authors demonstrated that different processes such as amino acid derivation or protection, peptide synthesis, polymers and cellulose processing could greatly benefit from mechanochemical synthesis. According to the authors it is expected that further studies with ball milling on these areas will lead to significant advances. Chapter 7, Ball-milling Mechanochemical Synthesis of Coordination Bonds: Discrete Units, Polymers and Porous Materials by Tomislav Frii (McGill University, Canada) discusses the importance of the in situ analysis of mechanochemical reactions. It is well known that this has been largely limited to temperature and pressure measurements on mechanically induced self-sustaining reactions or monitoring pressure changes in reactions adsorbing or releasing gas, but some progress has been made by the use of penetrating synchrotron X-ray radiation studies.
Chapter 10, Technical Implications of Organic Synthesis in Ball Mills by Achim Stolle explains that ball mills are characterised by different parameters, regardless of the type of process. This information is of value not just for organic synthesis but for general applications. The author lists a large number of influencing variables including chemical parameters, technological parameters such as the milling media and process parameters such as temperature or pressure. The chemical parameters include all those variables that are directly related to the chemical reactions taking place in the mill.
In general the book is a summary of the preparation of several organic materials by ball milling. The book would be a very good reference for scientists focused on organic synthesis who are interested in reducing costs and increasing the efficiency of existing reaction processes. Using different examples, the book highlights how mechanochemistry can replace conventional processes for the preparation of organics and green materials for various applications. This book is not a basic text about ball milling or organic synthesis; it is aimed at people with experience in either organic synthesis or ball milling. Several examples confirm that technical parameters such as volume, size of the reactor, material and number of milling balls have a clear effect on the final product. All this is in line with our findings in the field of dry milling for inorganic materials synthesis. An important point described in this book is related to in situ analysis. Due to mechanical forces and equipment configuration, in situ analysis has been largely limited and milling reactions have been mainly followed by temperature and pressure measurements on mechanically induced self-sustaining reactions or by monitoring pressure changes in reactions adsorbing or releasing gas. Some progress on highly penetrating synchrotron X-ray radiation is reported. Overall the book is a positive review about ball milling for organic materials development.
Maria Elena Rivas obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the Central University of Venezuela, and a PhD in Chemistry (Heterogeneous Catalysis) from the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. She joined Johnson Matthey in 2012, working in a European Union-funded project (CAtalytic membrane REactors based on New mAterials for C1C4 valorisation (CARENA)) about catalyst development for membrane reactors. Currently she is working as a Core Scientist in the New Applications group. In this project she is focused on mechanochemistry as an alternative route for the development and improvement of new and current materials.
A ball mill also known as pebble mill or tumbling mill is a milling machine that consists of a hallow cylinder containing balls; mounted on a metallic frame such that it can be rotated along its longitudinal axis. The balls which could be of different diameter occupy 30 50 % of the mill volume and its size depends on the feed and mill size. The large balls tend to break down the coarse feed materials and the smaller balls help to form fine product by reducing void spaces between the balls. Ball mills grind material by impact and attrition.
Several types of ball mills exist. They differ to an extent in their operating principle. They also differ in their maximum capacity of the milling vessel, ranging from 0.010 liters for planetary ball mills, mixer mills, or vibration ball mills to several 100 liters for horizontal rolling ball mills.
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