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Visible light-promoted ring-opening functionalization of three-membered carbo- and heterocycles

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Abstract

Due to their inherent ring strain, three-membered carbocyclic- and heterocyclic ring structures are versatile synthetic building blocks. Traditional ring-opening methods of these molecules require the use of thermolysis, acid catalysts or transition-metals via ionic reaction pathways. Recently, visible light-induced photoredox catalysis has emerged as a powerful platform for initiating new chemical transformations. In this tutorial review, the synthetic and mechanistic aspects of visible light-promoted ring-opening functionalization of three-membered carbo- and heterocycles are highlighted. By using these strategies, a variety of ring-opening functionalization products, including biologically important carbo- and heterocycles, can be efficiently accessed in a high chemo- and regioselective manner.

Graphical abstract: Visible light-promoted ring-opening functionalization of three-membered carbo- and heterocycles

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Submitted
18 Oct 2019
First published
20 Mar 2020

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020, Advance Article
Article type
Tutorial Review

Visible light-promoted ring-opening functionalization of three-membered carbo- and heterocycles

J. Xuan, X. He and W. Xiao, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9CS00523D

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