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Photoswitchable catalysis based on the isomerisation of double bonds
- Dorel, Ruth, Feringa, Ben L.
- Chemical communications 2019 v.55 no.46 pp. 6477-6486
- catalytic activity, chemical bonding, chemical compounds, photoisomerization
- Photoswitchable catalysis is a young but rapidly evolving field that offers great potential for non-invasive dynamic control of both activity and selectivity in catalysis. Within this context, the E/Z photoisomerisation of double bonds in molecular switches and motors is one of the most popular tools to control the catalytic activity essentially due to its reversible nature, the large concomitant geometrical changes, and the high tunability of such photochromic entities. This Feature Article summarises the key developments accomplished over the past years through the incorporation of photoswitchable double bonds into the structure of catalytically competent molecules and shows some perspectives on the remaining challenges and possibilities arising from this, yet still somehow immature, exciting area of research.