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Catalyst Luminescence Exploited as an Inherent InSitu Probe of Photoredox Catalysis

David J Hayne, Sudip Mohapatra, Joseph C Bawden, Jacqui L Adcock, Gregory J Barbante, Egan H Doeven, Catherine L Fraser, Timothy U Connell, Jonathan M White, Luke C Henderson, Paul S Francis



The luminescence of commonly used photoredox catalysts offers a continuous inherent in situ probe of electron or energy transfer that can be monitored by photodetectors such as a CCD spectrometer or a digital camera. This approach was applied with complementary ex situ experiments to examine the aerobic oxidation of anthracene with tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) as the catalyst. The reaction results in the precipitation of an isometrically pure syn-tetraepoxide not seen in prior studies when an organic photocatalyst was employed. Changes in the emission were observed not only upon electron/energy transfer quenching of the catalyst but also from the presence of particles (undissolved subs..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (DP160103046, DP180100094, LE1701000) and the Office of Naval Research Global (N62909-18-1-2024). JCB was supported by a Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship.