The promise and pitfalls of photocatalysis for organic synthesis

Timothy Noël*, Eli Zysman-Colman*

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Progress in photocatalysis for organic synthesis over the last 15 years has been undeniably rapid. The number of transformations enabled by visible light has exploded as have new reactor technologies and the availability of structurally diverse photocatalysts. This perspective takes stock of the advances made and highlights the benefits of employing photocatalysis towards the synthesis of compounds, but also identifies critical challenges to be overcome as photocatalysis enters a new era of ever-widening adoption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-476
Number of pages9
JournalChem Catalysis
Issue number3
Early online date3 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2022


  • Photocatalysis
  • Photoredox catalysis
  • Organic synthesis
  • Single-electron transfer


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