Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2011)

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Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award Commemorative Lecture

Prof. David W. C. MacMillan (Princeton University, U.S.A.)

Photoredox Catalysis and Accelerated Serendipity
Prof. David W. C. MacMillan

Prof. MacMillan has made a great contribution to the field of organocatalysis. He has realized a number of asymmetric reactions using organocatalysts having a chiral imidazolidinone framework (the MacMillan’s catalyst). Recently, he has developed a novel activation methodology of substrates via a radical mechanism (SOMO-Activation) which uses chiral organocatalysts in combination with the one-electron oxidant. Furthermore, he has expanded this concept to organocatalytic photoredox reactions using a ruthenium complex as a photoredox agent.

In the lecture, the development of SOMO and photoredox catalysis as well as an introduction to accelerated serendipity were given.

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