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Flavin photocatalysis

Burkhard König
  • Chemistry and Pharmacy, Universitat Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  • Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
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/ Susanne Kümmel
  • Chemistry and Pharmacy, Universitat Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  • Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
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/ Eva Svobodová
  • Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
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/ Radek Cibulka
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Published Online: 2018-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/psr-2017-0168


Thanks to rapid development in the last decades, flavins have been recognized as promising photoactive compounds to design new valuable synthetic methodologies based on photoredox catalysis. The review summarizes general photochemical properties of flavins as well as their early applications in transformations mediated by visible light. Special attention has been paid to the catalyst design for benzylic oxidations as well as to recent flavin applications, for example in E/Z-isomerization, [2+2] cycloaddition, cycloelimination, electrophilic chlorination and sulfide oxidation.

Keywords: biomimetic catalysts; photooxidations; photocycloadditions; photoisomerizations; cycloeliminations


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