Photoredox Catalysis in Organic Chemistry

Megan H. Shaw, Jack Twilton, David W.C. MacMillan

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In recent years, photoredox catalysis has come to the forefront in organic chemistry as a powerful strategy for the activation of small molecules. In a general sense, these approaches rely on the ability of metal complexes and organic dyes to convert visible light into chemical energy by engaging in single-electron transfer with organic substrates, thereby generating reactive intermediates. In this Perspective, we highlight the unique ability of photoredox catalysis to expedite the development of completely new reaction mechanisms, with particular emphasis placed on multicatalytic strategies that enable the construction of challenging carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6898-6926
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 19 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry


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