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Solar-Driven Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide into α-Amino Ketones


  • This work was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Molecular Activation Directed toward Straightforward Synthesis” and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) from MEXT and The Asahi Glass Foundation.


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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.