Photodecarboxylation of Arylacetic Acids

Authored by: Matthew Lukeman

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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Photodecarboxylation (PDC) is an important fundamental photoreaction that has significance in many areas of chemistry. PDC is responsible for the in vivo decomposition of many pharmaceuticals, including several nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). 13 PDC reactions have found application in organic synthesis, particularly in the production of “disciplined radicals” by PDC of Barton esters 46 and in the photodecarboxylative addition reactions of Griesbeck and Oelgemöller. 710 The photodegradation of many organic compounds can be carried out through photocatalytic PDC reactions such as the photo-Kolbe reaction, 11,12 and similar reactions can be used to initiate polymerization reactions. 13

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