Paternò–Büchi Reaction

Authored by: Maurizio D’Auria

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
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The Paternò–Büchi reaction is one of the most ancient reactions in organic photochemistry (Scheme 27.1). Paternò and Chieffi reported obtaining oxetanes from the photocycloaddition of ketones to olefins in 1909, but this reaction was recognized as an important synthetic reaction only after the work of Büchi [1,2].

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