1. Photogenerated Intermediates: Principles and Practice

  1. Angelo Albini and
  2. Maurizio Fagnoni

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118689202.ch01

Photochemically-Generated Intermediates In Synthesis

Photochemically-Generated Intermediates In Synthesis

How to Cite

Albini, A. and Fagnoni, M. (eds) (2013) Photogenerated Intermediates: Principles and Practice, in Photochemically-Generated Intermediates In Synthesis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118689202.ch01

Editor Information

  1. PhotoGreen Lab, Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 23 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470915349

Online ISBN: 9781118689202



  • photochemical reaction;
  • photogenerated intermediates


This chapter discusses the principles and practice of photogenerated intermediates. It begins with an overview on how to carry out a preparative photochemical reaction and how to use for preparative purposes the photochemical literature. Then, it provides an overview of photochemical reactions that have been demonstrated to (or are reasonably expected to) involve an intermediate. It discusses the synthetic role of photogenerated intermediates such as anions, cations, carbon- and heteroatom-based radicals, radical ions, carbenes, and nitrenes. Finally, a comparison of the merit of different methods is made.