Generation and confinement of long-lived N-Oxyl radical and its photocatalysis

Column: Research    Tag: Photocatalysis

Generation of controllable carbon radical under the assistance of N-oxyl radical is an efficient method for the activation of C–H bonds in hydrocarbons. We herein report that irradiation of α-Fe2O3 and N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI) under 455 nm light generates phthalimide-N-oxyl radical (PINO*), which after being formed by oxidation with holes, is confined on α-Fe2O3 surface. The half-life time of the confined radical reaches 22 s as measured by in situ electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) after the light being turned off. This allows the long-lived N-oxyl radical to abstract the H from C–H bond to form a carbon radical that reacts with molecular oxygen to form R3C–OO· species, decomposition of which leads to oxygenated products.