Jyväskylä, Finland

Synthetic Photochemistry and Photocatalysis

when 7 August 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Visible light is a fantastic reagent for catalytic transformations: It is easily generated, selectively delivered within a reaction mixture, safe, and leaves no trace - even if applied in large excess. Photocatalysis utilizes the energy of light for chemical synthesis, as nature does in biological photosynthesis. Chemical photocatalysis has developed fast over the last 15 years and sophisticated methods for many transformations have been reported.

We start with a refresher of the photophysical principles that are essential to design photochemical and photocatalytic transformations. Next, we discuss selected reactions of classic photochemistry. The program will then focus on photocatalysis, due to its current importance in synthesis. We look at photo catalytic oxidations and their application in synthesis, at ATRA reactions, cycloadditions, carboxylations, decarboxylative bond formations and many variants of cross-couplings. This will include the recently discovered dual catalytic reactions combining e.g. photo- and metal-catalysis, allowing highly efficient and even enantioselective transformations. Last, but not least, we discuss recent progress in photocatalytic water splitting and photodynamic disinfection.

Course leader

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Burkhard König (Universität Regensburg, Germany)
Coordinator: Dr. Toni T. Metsänen

Target group

Jyväskylä Summer School offers courses to advanced Master's students, graduate students, and post-docs from the field of Mathematics and Science and Information Technology.

Prerequisites: MSc or last-year MSc student in chemistry or equivalent

Course aim

Learning outcomes: Participants of the course understand the key physical principles behind classic photochemical reactions and photocatalytic methods. They know mechanisms, applications and limitations of the most important photocatalytic transformation and can use them in the design of syntheses

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation in the Summer School courses is free of charge, but students are responsible for covering their own meals, accommodation and travel costs as well as possible visa costs.


Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant Summer School students financial support.