Quinone Photochemistry

Authored by: Helmut Görner

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

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

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-29

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Abstract

Quinones are ubiquitous in biological systems and cofactors in the photosynthetic reaction centers where the initial products are radical ion pairs. The photochemistry of quinones has been intensively investigated and reviewed earlier (Bruce 1974). Thereafter, advances and new applications were presented (Maruyama and Osuka 1988). The scope of the quinone photochemistry covers a broad range from being a key molecule in a computational model of photocatalytic water splitting (Sobolewski and Domcke 2008) to the material on bioinspired electron transfer (ET) systems (Fukuzumi 2006) as well as the natural and artificial photosynthetic energy conversion (Barber 2009). The application of quinone cycloaddition is widespread, extending from the beginning of photochemistry to modern applications and has been updated in several contributions (Creed 1994, Maruyama and Kubo 1994, Gilbert 2004, Oelgemöller and Mattay 2004). Attention has been focused on the production of fine chemicals with quinones and sunlight (Oelgemöller et al. 2007). A further review deals with the role of quinones in toxicology (Bolton et al. 2000). The literature concerning quinones in both synthetic photochemistry and photosynthetic reaction centers is numerous and only a few selected papers could be cited here.

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