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Identifying the potential of pulsed LED irradiation in synthesis: copper-photocatalysed C-F functionalisation


Nicholls, TP and Robertson, JC and Gardiner, MG and Bissember, AC, Identifying the potential of pulsed LED irradiation in synthesis: copper-photocatalysed C-F functionalisation, Chemical Communications, 54, (36) pp. 4589-4592. ISSN 1359-7345 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Royal Society of Chemistry 2018

DOI: doi:10.1039/C8CC02244E


It has been reported that pulsed irradiation can improve photosynthetic activity and phytochemical production in plants. Intrigued and inspired by these observations, we postulated that pulsed irradiation strategies may have broader implications in organic synthesis. We report here the results of a proof-of-concept study demonstrating that pulsed LED irradiation enhances the efficiency of a visible light-mediated photoredox-catalysed reaction. The design and construction of an inexpensive multiphase circuit (∼US$5) enabling power and pulse frequency modulation, which is connected to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), provides a source of pulsed visible light. This technology was then utilised to establish a novel copper-photocatalysed dual α-amino CH/CF functionalisation reaction. Pulsed blue LED irradiation was shown to be crucial for facilitating a much more efficient process and increasing the rate of product formation. Our results suggest that pulsed irradiation strategies have the potential to contribute to enhancing the synthetic utility and extending the scope of first row transition metal-based photoredox catalysts. We also anticipate that this approach will find wider applications in synthesis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pulsed LED irradiation, copper, photoredox catalysis, CF functionalisation
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Organic chemistry
Research Field:Organic chemical synthesis
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Nicholls, TP (Mr Thomas Nicholls)
UTAS Author:Robertson, JC (Mr Johnathon Robertson)
UTAS Author:Gardiner, MG (Associate Professor Michael Gardiner)
UTAS Author:Bissember, AC (Associate Professor Alex Bissember)
ID Code:125714
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2018-05-02
Last Modified:2022-08-18

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