February 23, 2015

Photovoltaic-​driven organic electrosynthesis and efforts toward more sustainable oxidation reactions

Nguyen, Bichlien H.; Perkins, Robert J.; Smith, Jake A. and Moeller, Kevin D.

Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2015, 11, pp 280–287

The combination of visible light, photovoltaics, and electrochemistry provides a convenient, inexpensive platform for conducting a wide variety of sustainable oxidation reactions. The approach presented in this article is compatible with both direct and indirect oxidation reactions, avoids the need for a stoichiometric oxidant, and leads to hydrogen gas as the only byproduct from the corresponding reduction reaction.