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The synthetic potential of pyridinium salt photochemistry

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Abstract

The discovery in the 1970s by Kaplan, Wilzbach and Pavlik that pyridinium salts undergo a unique cyclization reaction to produce bicyclic-aziridines was virtually unrecognized for nearly three decades. It was only comparatively recently that the process was explored in more detail and its synthetic potential exploited. In this Perspective, photocyclization reactions of pyridinium salts will be discussed, starting with the initial discovery, covering related processes of pyrylium salts, and extending to applications to the synthesis of natural and non-natural products of biomedical interest.

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The article was received on 31 Jan 2008, accepted on 18 Feb 2008 and first published on 03 Mar 2008


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B801808C
Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2008,7, 393-404
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    The synthetic potential of pyridinium salt photochemistry

    J. Zou and P. S. Mariano, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2008, 7, 393
    DOI: 10.1039/B801808C

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