Plasmon enabled Claisen rearrangement with sunlight†
Plasmonic-heat generated from the solar irradiation of gold nanoparticles is used as the thermal energy source for the Claisen rearrangement of allyl phenyl ether to 2-allylphenol, which is conventionally performed with electrical heating at 250 °C. The use of a closed reactor enables the physical separation of the reactants from the source of plasmonic-heat, thereby preventing the interference of the hot-charge carriers in the plasmon-driven Claisen rearrangement. In this way, the sole effect of plasmonic-heat in driving a high temperature organic transformation is demonstrated. Our study reveals the prospects of plasmonic nanostructures in conducting energy intensive chemical synthesis in a sustainable fashion.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Fundamental Processes in Optical Nanomaterials