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During the last few years ball milling has emerged as a powerful tool in effecting various chemical reactions in a relatively green way by reducing the amount of solvent and operating at close to ambient temperature by application of mechanical energy. However, compared to other alternative forms of energy such as microwave and ultrasound, ball milling is still not familiar as a synthetic tool to a wide section of chemists and activity is limited to a comparatively small number of groups. Thus, the objective of this book is to create a general awareness of the importance of ball milling in chemical transformations among all section of readers including students, teachers and researchers. This book, entitled Ball Milling Towards Green Synthesis: Applications, Projects, Challenges, covers the current developments in the application of ball milling for various chemical transformations such as carbon–carbon and carbon–heteroatom bond formation, oxidation–reduction, organocatalytic reaction, dehydrogenative coupling, synthesis of peptide, polymeric materials, etc. highlighting its green aspects, scope and future prospects. This book also includes a chapter describing its origin, technological background and challenges.

We gratefully acknowledge the co-operation from all those eminent and active scientists who contributed chapters to this book and the support and guidance from the staff at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

We hope this book will be able to provide basic information regarding ball milling and its application in chemical synthesis and thus will be useful to a wide section of chemists including students and researchers associated with academy and industry.

Brindaban C. Ranu

Achim Stolle

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