Taming the Halogen Radical: Controlling the Reactivity of Photogenerated Halogen-Atom Complexes for Selective C–H Activation
Chlorine atoms can accomplish very challenging and important chemical transformations, but their use has been limited significantly by their uncontrolled and nonselective reactivity. I want to design molecules that can not only generate chlorine atoms on demand with light, but also catch the atoms and steer them toward useful reactions. In addition, I hope to take molecular snapshots of these chlorine atoms and track how fast they react with other molecules to better understand their reactivity.
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