Photocatalytic C–H Activation and the Subtle Role of Chlorine Radical Complexation in Reactivity
Patrick Walsh and Eric Schelter present new results on the photocatalytic C–H activation in small molecules.
The transformation of small molecules, such as methane and ethane, into value-added chemicals is extremely attractive given their abundance in natural gas. The catalytic C–H functionalization of methane remains a major challenge in the chemical industry and an active area of research. The groups of Professors Patrick Walsh and Eric Schelter at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) have been actively investigating this important topic over the last few years.
Now, they present their latest results on the photocatalytic C–H activation in small molecules where chlorine radicals play an important role in the reaction mechanism.