The design of sustainable reactions is one of the most important and challenging objectives that chemists are pursuing in industry as well as academic research. Our group is dedicated to the invention of new sustainable chemical transformations at the interface of synthetic chemistry, biochemistry and material science.
Currently, we are working on the development of organic reactions promoted by visible light.
Sunlight is a unique natural resource, which is a nonpolluting, abundant, and endlessly renewable source of clean energy. Therefore, transformations that can be promoted by visible light are highly desirable, since they can occur under mild reaction conditions using inexpensive and harmless artificial lamps or direct sunlight.
Our aim is to use visible light to activate and valorise simple organic feedstocks in synthetic chemistry. However, the remarkably mild reaction conditions make our novel methodologies particularly attractive to other disciplines such as chemical biology and polymer chemistry.