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Keywords:

  • alkenes;
  • C-glycosides;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • photooxidation;
  • ruthenium
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Catching photons: Visible light, an amine reductant, and a [Ru(bpy)3]2+ photocatalyst can be used to mediate the addition of glycosyl halides into alkenes to synthesize important C-glycosides (see scheme). This method shows the growing potential of photocatalysis to effectively drive useful and difficult chemical transformations.