Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 22, Issue 8, pp 5686–5698 | Cite as

Metallophytes for organic synthesis: towards new bio-based selective protection/deprotection procedures

  • Claire M. Grison
  • Alicia Velati
  • Vincent Escande
  • Claude Grison
Combining Phytoextraction and Ecological Catalysis: an Environmental, Ecological, Ethic and Economic Opportunity


We propose for the first time using metal hyperaccumulating plants for the construction of a repertoire of protection and deprotection conditions in a concept of orthogonal sets. Protection of alcohol, carbonyl, carboxyl, and amino groups are considered. The ecocatalysts derived from metal-rich plants allow selective, mild, eco-friendly, and efficient protection or deprotection reactions. The selectivity is controlled by the choice of the metal, which is hyperaccumulated by the metallophyte.


Ecocatalysis Bio-based chemistry Protecting groups Metal hyperaccumulating plants Phytoextraction 



The authors would like to thank the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR 11ECOT 011 01), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME), and Fond Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) program for their financial supports.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire M. Grison
    • 1
  • Alicia Velati
    • 2
  • Vincent Escande
    • 2
    • 3
  • Claude Grison
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d’OrsayUniversité Paris SudOrsay CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratory of Bioinspired Chemistry and Ecological Innovations FRE CNRS UM2 Stratoz 3673Cap AlphaClapiersFrance
  3. 3.ADEMEAngersFrance

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