Issue 16, 2015

Asymmetric catalysis activated by visible light


Visible light driven organic chemistry has sparked much excitement over the last several years. This review summarizes recent progress in combining visible light activation with asymmetric catalysis, processes that are either mediated by photoinduced electron or energy transfer. The tasks of photoactivation and asymmetric catalysis are typically accomplished by dual catalyst systems but several recent reports demonstrate that they can also be effectively executed by single catalysts. Beyond the discovery of novel asymmetric transformations under mild reaction conditions, this contemporary area of organic chemistry holds promise for the development of economical and environmentally friendly methods for the asymmetric synthesis of chiral compounds.

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Article type
Feature Article
20 Nov 2014
02 Jan 2015
First published
09 Jan 2015
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 3290-3301

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Asymmetric catalysis activated by visible light

E. Meggers, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 3290 DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09268F

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