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Organic photochemistry

Bruce, James (2007). Organic photochemistry. Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry, Section B: Organic Chemistry, 103 pp. 370–391.

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This review covers the literature concerning organic photochemistry published during 2005 and 2006. Due to the extensive breadth of publications within the period this review is selective rather than comprehensive. It is broadly split between the general application of photochemistry in organic synthesis and the use of photochemical processes to impart function to photoactive molecules as sensors, switches and other devices. Processes include photoinduced electron transfer (PET), fluorescence quenching, and photochromism. Light continues to play a role in the synthetic chemists repertoire and can alter the course of reactions providing different products, giving higher yields and increasing a degree of enantioselectivity. Functional molecules are at the basis of much of the recent developments in nanoscience. Light is an attractive means to impart functionality to such molecules and to form the basis of new photoactive materials. Energy transfer PET and photochromism allow a molecule to switch between states, conduct energy or electrons, or to respond to and sense changes in the external environment.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 1460-4779
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Item ID: 8933
Depositing User: James Bruce
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:06
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