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Congratulations to Wei Wang

posted: Thu Aug 10 2017 10:53:24

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Wei Wang, who has been
awarded a Petroleum research Fund (PRF) grant, "Photocatalytic
Functionalization of Arenes and Alkenes Using Visible Light".
Transformations of petroleum products - arenes and alkenes and
their simple derivatives- into useful fine chemicals in a sustainable
fashion are of considerable synthetic and practical significance. 
Hydrocarbamoylation and formylation of these feedstock chemicals offer
powerful approaches to producing amides and aldehydes, but current
methods are insufficiently selective or rely on precious transition
metal catalysis.  In this project, Prof. Wang will introduce a new
catalytic photoredox strategy using highly reactive radical
intermediates.  These reactive radicals are generally difficult to
control, but he and his group propose to develop novel, dye-catalyzed
formation reactions of carbamoyl •CONH2 and decarboxylative α-amino
radicals.  The mild reaction conditions should allow high chemo- and
regio-selective installation of amide and aldehyde groups into
structurally diverse arenes and alkenes without using scarce metal

Congratulations, Prof. Wang!