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Journal of Catalysts
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 402860, 35 pages
Review Article

Organocatalysis: Key Trends in Green Synthetic Chemistry, Challenges, Scope towards Heterogenization, and Importance from Research and Industrial Point of View

1Department of Chemistry, Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University, Vidyanagari, Jhunjhunu-Churu Road, Chudela, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan 333001, India
2Razak Institution of Skills, Education and Research (RISER), Shrinagar, Near Rafaiya Masjid and Hanuman Mandir, Nanded, Maharashtra State 431 605, India
3Post Graduate and Research Centre, Department of Chemistry, Poona College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Camp Area, Pune 411 001, Maharashtra State, India

Received 26 September 2013; Revised 17 December 2013; Accepted 23 December 2013; Published 26 March 2014

Academic Editor: Sankaranarayana Pillai Shylesh

Copyright © 2014 Isak Rajjak Shaikh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper purports to review catalysis, particularly the organocatalysis and its origin, key trends, challenges, examples, scope, and importance. The definition of organocatalyst corresponds to a low molecular weight organic molecule which in stoichiometric amounts catalyzes a chemical reaction. In this review, the use of the term heterogenized organocatalyst will be exclusively confined to a catalytic system containing an organic molecule immobilized onto some sort of support material and is responsible for accelerating a chemical reaction. Firstly, a brief description of the field is provided putting it in a green and sustainable perspective of chemistry. Next, research findings on the use of organocatalysts on various inorganic supports including nano(porous)materials, nanoparticles, silica, and zeolite/zeolitic materials are scrutinized in brief. Then future scope, research directions, and academic and industrial applications will be outlined. A succinct account will summarize some of the research and developments in the field. This review tries to bring many outstanding researches together and shows the vitality of the organocatalysis through several aspects.