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Pure Appl. Chem., 2007, Vol. 79, No. 11, pp. 1949-1958

Photochemically induced radical addition of tertiary amines to C=C and C=O double bonds: A green chemistry contribution to organic synthesis

Norbert Hoffmann

Selective Reactions and Applications Laboratory, UMR 6519 CNRS and University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, UFR Sciences, B.P. 1039, F-51687 Reims, Cedex 02, France

Abstract: Photochemically induced electron transfer considerably enriches the redox chemistry of organic molecules. This primary step has been used to produce α-amino alkyl radicals that can be added to various double bonds. The addition to olefinic and carbonyl bonds is discussed. Homogeneous and heterogeneous photocatalysis methods with various electron-transfer sensitizers are described.