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Molecular Catalysts for Photochemical Reactions

Hitoshi Ishida

Kitasato University


Claudia Bizzarri

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Photo-Sensitization Oxidative/Reductive Quenching Photo-Redox Catalysis Organic Photoredox Catalysts Photopolymerization Photosynthesis Hydrogen Evolution CO2 Reduction Hybrid Photocatalysts Semiconductor Photocatalysts Metal-Organic Framework Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Heterogeneous Photocatalysts

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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.

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Hitoshi Ishida

Kitasato University

Born in Kyoto (Japan), Hitoshi Ishida received his B. Eng., M. Eng. and Dr. degrees at Osaka University on electrochemical/photochemical CO2 reduction catalyzed by ruthenium complexes under the supervision of Profs. Koji Tanaka and Toshio Tanaka. He worked at Kumamoto University as assistant professor (1988-1997, Supervisor: Prof. Katsutoshi Ohkubo), and then the group leader (1997-2001) of Inoue Photochirogenesis project (Supervisor: Prof. Yoshihisa Inoue), ERATO, JST. He has worked at the Graduate School of Science, Kitasato University as Associate Professor since 2001. He had concurrently been the researcher (2009-2015) in the PRESTO Program 'Chemical Conversion of Light Energy” of JST. He is also working as the Associate Editor in Frontiers in Chemistry, Inorganic Division (2013-). His current research interests are in developing functional molecules based on metal complexes and peptides toward artificial photosynthesis.

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