Advances in Organic Synthesis

Volume: 1

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Advances in Organic Synthesis is a book series devoted to the latest advances in synthetic approaches towards challenging structures. It presents comprehensive articles written by eminent authorities ...
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Photochemical Activation of Functional Groups

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Christian G. Bochet


Light is a powerful activator for many standard and non-standard organic transformations. This review focuses on the photochemical activation of organic reactions that can also occur thermally, in particular isomerization, acylation, hydrolysis, ionization, enolization and aromatic substitutions. Asymmetric reactions with polarized light will also be briefly discussed.


Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musee 9, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland.