[Lectures] Supramolecular photochirogeneses & Biomolecular photochirogeneses


Speaker: Prof. Yoshihisa Inoue, Osaka University
Venue: Meeting Room on 4th Floor, Shaw Engineering Building, Wushan Campus

Lecture 1: Supramolecular photochirogeneses
Time: December 13, Friday, 9:30

Lecture 2: Biomolecular photochirogeneses
Time: December 16, Monday, 14:30

Chiral photochemistry or photochirogenesis is one of the most intriguing, yet challenging topics in current chemistry, as a unique methodology for creating molecular chirality through the electronically excited-state reactions, which is alternative or complementary to the conventional catalytic and enzymatic asymmetric syntheses that already met a great success in the last decades.1-6 Of various strategies developed so far, chiral supramolecular and biomolecular approaches are of particular interest and advantages, where prochiral substrates are confined, pre-organized, pre-oriented, and even accumulated in chiral nanospace before and during the photochemical transformation .
After a brief introduction to the history of photochirogenesis, the recent results of our researches on supramolecular9 and biomolecular10 photochirogenesis will be discussed in successive two lectures (part 1 & 2) by using some selected examples to demonstrate that the photochirogenesis is not only an attractive alternative to the thermal counterpart but also a unique methodology for obtaining chiral compounds through the electronically excited state in the chiral low-entropy environment.


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2. Inoue, Y.; Ramamurthy, V. Chiral Photochemistry; Dekker: New York, 2004.

3. Ramamurthy, V.; Inoue, Y. Supramolecular Photochemistry; Wiley: Hoboken, 2011.

4. Yang, C.; Inoue, Y. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 4123.

5. Ramamurthy, V.; Gupta, S. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 119.

6. Poplata, S.; Tro

Announced by the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering