Visible Light-Induced Transition Metal Catalysis

Kelvin Pak Shing Cheung, Sumon Sarkar, Vladimir Gevorgyan

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In recent years, visible light-induced transition metal catalysis has emerged as a new paradigm in organic photocatalysis, which has led to the discovery of unprecedented transformations as well as the improvement of known reactions. In this subfield of photocatalysis, a transition metal complex serves a double duty by harvesting photon energy and then enabling bond forming/breaking events mostly via a single catalytic cycle, thus contrasting the established dual photocatalysis in which an exogenous photosensitizer is employed. In addition, this approach often synergistically combines catalyst–substrate interaction with photoinduced process, a feature that is uncommon in conventional photoredox chemistry. This Review describes the early development and recent advances of this emerging field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1543-1625
Number of pages83
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 26 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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