Authored by: Cheng Yang , Yoshihisa Inoue

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 term “photochirogenesis” was coined by one of the present authors in 1996 when the ERATO Photochirogenesis Project 1 was launched and is conceptually synonymous to more traditional “asymmetric photochemistry” or “chiral photochemistry” with some emphasis on the creation of molecular chirality by photon. A photochirogenic reaction may involve the enantioselective destruction of a race-mic mixture or the enantio- or diastereodifferentiating creation of a new stereogenic center in prochiral or chiral substrate through the electronically excited state.

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