Selective Solid State Photooxidant

Tracy L. Morkin, Nicholas J. Turro, Mark H. Kleinman, Cheyenne S. Brindle, Wolfgang H. Kramer, Ian Gould

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Irradiation of biphenyl encapsulated in the cavities of a NaZSM-5 zeolite framework has been reported to result in the formation of an extremely long-lived radical cation. Here, we show that such zeolite encapsulated radical cations can act as irreversible one-electron oxidants for simple alkenes and dienes, in a solid-state analogue to solution-phase cosensitization. Compared to the well-known semiconductor photooxidizers, such as titanium dioxide, the NaZSM-5 zeolite-based solid photooxidants exhibit enhanced selectivity based on oxidation potential, molecular size and shape, and Lewis base character.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14917-14924
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number48
StatePublished - Dec 3 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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Morkin, T. L., Turro, N. J., Kleinman, M. H., Brindle, C. S., Kramer, W. H., & Gould, I. (2003). Selective Solid State Photooxidant. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 125(48), 14917-14924.