Rational Design of Photoactive Molecules: From Molecular Electronics to Photoredox Catalysis

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Speaker:  Christopher B. Larsen, University of Basel

Program Description

This presentation shall focus on our recent developments of rationally-designed photoactive compounds for sophisticated molecular electronic technologies and photoluminescent transition-metal complexes for energetically-demanding net redox-neutral photoredox catalysis.

The ultimate goal of molecular electronics is the ability to develop fully-integrated circuitry at the molecular scale, and by extension, single-molecule circuitry. In order to achieve this, electron-transfer must be reliably controlled in multidimensional architectures. In this presentation, the very first example of net circular photoinduced electron-transfer as a proof-of-concept for a photoinitiated molecular circuit,[1] and electron-transfer around a molecular corner as a building block towards molecular electronic grids,[2] shall be discussed.

Photoredox catalysis is rapidly developing as an alternative, sustainable approach for many chemical transformations due to its mild reaction conditions, wide functional group tolerance and lack of stoichiometric toxic reagents.[3] One class of underdeveloped photoredox transformations are the net redox-neutral reactions, as these reactions are too energetically demanding for conventional precious-metal catalysts. In this presentation, our recent efforts to develop powerful photoredox catalysts capable of performing these reactions and to develop photoluminescent earth-abundant metal complexes as replacements for precious-metal complexes as photoredox catalysts shall be discussed.[4-7]

Rational Design of Photoactive Molecules: From Molecular Electronics to Photoredox Catalysis
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