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Publication - Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing

    Perspective

    How can ultrafast laser spectroscopy inform the design of new organic photoredox catalysts for chemical and materials synthesis?

    Citation

    Orr-Ewing, A, 2019, ‘Perspective: How can ultrafast laser spectroscopy inform the design of new organic photoredox catalysts for chemical and materials synthesis?’. Structural Dynamics, vol 6.

    Abstract

    Photoredox catalysis of chemical reactions, using light-activated molecules which serve as electron donors or acceptors to initiate chemical transformations under mild conditions, is finding widespread use in the synthesis of organic compounds and materials. The transition-metal-centred complexes first developed for these photoredox-catalysed applications are steadily being superseded by more sustainable and lower toxicity organic photocatalysts. While the diversity of possible structures for photoredox-active organic molecules brings benefits of design flexibility, it also presents considerable challenges for optimization of the photocatalyst molecular architecture. Transient absorption spectroscopy over timescales from the femtosecond to microsecond domains can explore the detailed mechanisms of activation and reaction of these organic photocatalysts in solution, and by linking their dynamical properties to their structures, has the potential to establish reliable design principles for future development of improved photocatalysts.

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