This review is dedicated to ecocatalysis, a concept developed by the Grison group aiming at combining ecology and green chemistry, which could be the vector of sustainable development based on the principle of circular economy. Within this objective, the Grison group has relied on using remediation phytotechnologies, such as phytoextraction, rhizofiltration, and biosorption. These solutions inspired by Nature generate a novel type of biomass, which has become a source of innovation in catalytic chemistry, called ecocatalysis. Ecocatalysts promote key organic syntheses based on sustainable and greener processes. The biobased approach of ecocatalysts, their vegetal footprint in terms of composition and specific structures allow us to combine the benefits of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, such as selectivity, activity, and recyclability. Ecocatalysis is setting up the tools of catalytic chemistry for the future, built on the ecological restoration of polluted ecosystems and the respect of Nature.
Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 29, June 2021,