About the book
Photocatalytic reactions have currently attracted a lot of attention. Photo-sensitized reaction and photo-redox catalysis are noteworthy to allow reactions to proceed efficiently under illumination at mild conditions (e.g. ambient temperature). Artificial photosynthesis is expected to become a solution to the resource depletion problem.
Photocatalysts had been semi-conductors so far, but recently molecular catalysts such as organic compounds, metal complexes, and organometallics have been actively researched. The molecular photocatalysts can be designed and the structures can be modified at the molecular level by the synthetic methodology. In this book, the recent advances in molecular catalysts for photochemical reactions aim to be introduced. The included photochemical reactions are hydrogen evolution, CO2 reduction, water oxidation, photo-sensitized reaction, photo-redox catalysis, and so on. This book also aims to cover the supramolecular photocatalysts, the photosensitizer-catalyst conjugates, and the hybrid photocatalysts in which the molecular catalysts combine with the semi-conductor catalysts, metal-organic framework (MOF) and periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO). The natural photosynthesis is also one of the important topics for this book: natural chromophores, model studies for photosynthesis, and artificial leaves. The photophysics related to photocatalysis is also included. In particular, the research on photocatalytic mechanisms (e.g., kinetic studies, time-resolved spectroscopy, molecular orbital calculations, etc.) is important to elucidate the photocatalysis and the molecular design of photocatalysts.