Energy-efficient solar photochemistry with luminescent solar concentrator based photomicroreactors

Dario Cambié, Jeroen Dobbelaar, Paola Riente, Jochen Vanderspikken, Chong Shen, Peter H. Seeberger, Kerry Gilmore, Michael G. Debije, Timothy Noël (Corresponding author)

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The sun is the most sustainable light source available on our planet, therefore the direct use of sunlight for photochemistry is extremely appealing. Demonstrated here, for the first time, is that a diverse set of photon-driven transformations can be efficiently powered by solar irradiation with the use of solvent-resistant and cheap luminescent solar concentrator based photomicroreactors. Blue, green, and red reactors can accommodate both homogeneous and multiphase reaction conditions, including photochemical oxidations, photocatalytic trifluoromethylation chemistry, and metallaphotoredox transformations, thus spanning applications over the entire visible-light spectrum. To further illustrate the efficacy of these novel solar reactors, medicinally relevant molecules, such as ascaridole and an intermediate of artemisinin, were prepared as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14512-14516
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • flow chemistry
  • microreactors
  • photochemistry
  • solar energy
  • synthetic methods


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