How have photochemists approached the design of chiral photocatalysts? Matt, Jesse, and Wes have thoughts in their new comprehensive review in Chem Rev.
Brønsted Acid Catalyzed Chromophore Activation
Evan, Matt, and Bohyun investigated a novel strategy for highly enantioselective organocatalytic photochemistry in which no individual reaction component absorbs light. Very pleased to announce the publication of this collaborative project with the Baik group …
Asymmetric γ-alkyoxycarbonyl synthesis
Xiao and Yukki’s study of asymmetric Giese additions involving α-silylethers involves an in-depth mechanistic analysis of holistic photocatalyst considerations for successful photocatalytic reactions. Check out the paper in OL!
Oxidative Alkene Functionalizations
Nic and Grace have developed a protocol for intramolecular oxidative functionalization of sterically bulky alkenes with diverse heteronucleophiles as a way to show that photoredox catalysis can address long-standing limitations of transition metal catalyzed processes. …
Cyclobutaneboronate ester building blocks
Congratulations to Spencer, Jesse, Luca, Rowan, and Niecia! Their paper on the photosensitized synthesis of complex cyclobutane boronate esters is now online at Org Lett.
Congratulations to Yoon lab first year Meredith Hughes for winning a GRFP honorable mention in a fiercely competitive year!
Photochemical Oxidase Review
Nic thought a lot about how to design photochemical oxidation reactions during his PhD, and his analysis is part of this great tutorial review in Chem Soc Rev.