The Uranyl Cation as a Visible-Light Photocatalyst for C(sp3)−H Fluorination

Julian G. West, T. Aaron Bedell, Erik J. Sorensen

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The fluorination of unactivated C(sp3)−H bonds remains a desirable and challenging transformation for pharmaceutical, agricultural, and materials scientists. Previous methods for this transformation have used bench-stable fluorine atom sources; however, many still rely on the use of UV-active photocatalysts for the requisite high-energy hydrogen atom abstraction event. Uranyl nitrate hexahydrate is described as a convenient, hydrogen atom abstraction catalyst that can mediate fluorinations of certain alkanes upon activation with visible light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8923-8927
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number31
StatePublished - Jul 25 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


  • C−H activation
  • fluorination
  • hydrogen atom transfer
  • photocatalysis
  • uranium


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