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Dr. Kei Ohkubo, Takaki Kobayashi and Prof. Dr. Shunichi Fukuzumi Direct Oxygenation of Benzene to Phenol Using Quinolinium Ions as Homogeneous Photocatalysts Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50

Version of Record online: 1 AUG 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201102931

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Photocatalytic oxygenation of benzene with oxygen and water to phenol has been achieved under ambient conditions by using the 3-cyano-1-methylquinolinium ion as a photocatalyst (see picture). The mechanism was clarified by detecting the π-dimer benzene radical cation produced by photoinduced electron transfer from benzene to the photocatalyst, and by monitoring the reaction of the radical cations with water molecules.

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