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Electron Transfer to Benzenes by Photoactivated Neutral Organic Electron Donor Molecules


  • We thank the EPSRC and the ETH for funding and the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Service, Swansea, for spectra, and we thank Markus Reiher (ETH) for helpful discussions.


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Powerful reduction reactions: Simple organic electron donors, composed solely of the elements carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen, reduce ground-state benzene rings to their radical anions by electron transfer upon photoactivation (DMF=dimethylformamide).