Single electron transfer (SET) processes initiated by visible light generate radicals in a controlled and environmentally benign manner. These high energy radical intermediates can be harnessed for the development of new methods for bond construction with the potential to overcome the electronic and steric requirements of classical two electron approaches. Research efforts in our laboratory are driven towards exploiting distinct redox properties of various functional groups to construct new C-C, C-N, C-S and C-O bonds with high chemo- and regioselectivity. We are especially interested in the synthesis of biologically active scaffolds from simple building blocks.
Photocatalytic and Chemoselective Transfer Hydrogenation of Diarylimines in Batch and Continuous Flow