June 17, 2024

[Press Release] Reduction of esters by a novel photocatalyst

Release Summary

A ubiquitous compound, called ester can be broken down to produce desirable alcohols and other chemicals for use across industries including pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, but the process can be costly, both financially and in terms of the environment. Researchers developed a novel photocatalyst “N-BAP.” When irradiated with blue light, the photocatalyst reduces esters in the presence of oxalate, a negatively charged molecule found widely in nature, resulting in the desired alcohols.

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Information of the paper

  • Authors : Shintaro Okumura, Shusuke Hattori, Lisa Fang, Yasuhiro Uozumi(SOKENDAI)
  • Journal Name : Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Journal Title : “Multielectron Reduction of Esters by a Diazabenzacenaphthenium Photoredox Catalyst”
  • DOI: 10.1021/jacs.4c05272

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