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Photochemical & photobiological sciences : Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology

Porphycene-mediated photooxidation of benzylamines by visible light.


PMID 20820677

Abstract

A variety of primary and secondary benzylic amines were oxidized efficiently to N-benzylidenebenzylamines and imines, respectively, using 2,7,12,17-tetrapropylporphycene (H(2)TPrPc) photocatalyst and blue light emitting diodes (LEDs). The photooxidation of 4-methoxybenzylamine in the presence of H(2)TPrPc and its tin(IV) complex Sn(TPrPc)Cl(2) was studied in detail in order to show that operating mechanisms can be different depending on the photosensitizer type. Two experiments involving solvent deuterium isotope effect and competitive quenching with DABCO provide evidence for the singlet oxygen mechanism as the major pathway in the H(2)TPrPc-catalyzed reaction and the predominance of the direct electron transfer from the photoexcited dye to the amine when the Sn(TPrPc)Cl(2) complex was used as a photocatalyst.

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