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Remote-controlling chemical reactions by light: Towards chemistry with high spatio-temporal resolution

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Abstract

The foundation of the chemical enterprise has always been the creation of new molecular entities, such as pharmaceuticals or polymeric materials. Over the past decades, this continuing effort of designing compounds with improved properties has been complemented by a strong effort to render their preparation (more) sustainable by implementing atom as well as energy economic strategies. Therefore, synthetic chemistry is typically concerned with making specific bonds and connections in a highly selective and efficient manner. However, to increase the degree of sophistication and expand the scope of our work, we argue that the modern aspiring chemist should in addition be concerned with attaining (better) control over when and where chemical bonds are being made or broken. For this purpose, photoswitchable molecular systems, which allow for external modulation of chemical reactions by light, are being developed and in this review we are covering the current state of the art of this exciting new field. These “remote-controlled synthetic tools” provide a remarkable opportunity to perform chemical transformations with high spatial and temporal resolution and should therefore allow regulating biological processes as well as material and device performance.

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The article was received on 28 Oct 2013 and first published on 13 Jan 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60383K
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 1982-1996
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    Remote-controlling chemical reactions by light: Towards chemistry with high spatio-temporal resolution

    R. Göstl, A. Senf and S. Hecht, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 1982
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60383K

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