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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • carbon dioxide;
  • photochemistry;
  • photosynthesis;
  • strained molecules
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Power of the sun: Carbon dioxide was incorporated into α-amino ketones through a consecutive process consisting of a solar-energy-harvesting photocyclization reaction and a nucleophilic CO2 incorporation reaction. The single-flask operation produced amino-substituted cyclic carbonates, thereby presenting a simple model of the chemical utilization of solar energy for CO2 incorporation. R=sulfonyl group.