Redox-Selective Generation of Aldehydes and H2 from Alcohols under Visible Light



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Photosynthetic dehydrogenation: Potential usefulness of visible-light-induced dehydrogenation of alcohols in organic synthesis was demonstrated, in which aldehydes and H2 were afforded by using Ru/SrTiO3:Rh and water (see scheme). Water was essential for the reaction. High efficiency (TON: up to 15 400 based on Rh; H2 and aldehyde evenly generated) and high selectivity were achieved.