Semiconductor Photocatalysis—Mechanistic and Synthetic Aspects

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  • Prof. Dr. Horst Kisch

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    1. Department Chemie und Pharmazie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstrasse 1, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
    • Department Chemie und Pharmazie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstrasse 1, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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Abstract

Preceding work on photoelectrochemistry at semiconductor single-crystal electrodes has formed the basis for the tremendous growth in the three last decades in the field of photocatalysis at semiconductor powders. The reason for this is the unique ability of inorganic semiconductor surfaces to photocatalyze concerted reduction and oxidation reactions of a large variety of electron-donor and -acceptor substrates. Whereas great attention was paid to water splitting and the exhaustive aerobic degradation of pollutants, only a small amount of research also explored synthetic aspects. After introducing the basic mechanistic principles, standard experiments for the preparation and characterization of visible light active photocatalysts as well as the investigation of reaction mechanisms are discussed. Novel atom-economic C[BOND]C and C[BOND]N coupling reactions illustrate the relevance of semiconductor photocatalysis for organic synthesis, and demonstrate that the multidisciplinary field combines classical photochemistry with electrochemistry, solid-state chemistry, and heterogeneous catalysis.

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