Chin. J. Org. Chem. ›› 2017, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (3): 543-554.DOI: 10.6023/cjoc20161101 Previous Articles     Next Articles



刘伟刚a,b, 郭利峰a,b, 范洋洋a,b, 黄泽傲a,b, 丛欢a,b   

  1. a 中国科学院理化技术研究所 光化学转换与功能材料院重点实验室 北京 100190;
    b 中国科学院大学未来技术学院 北京 100190
  • 收稿日期:2016-11-02 修回日期:2016-12-06 发布日期:2016-12-12
  • 通讯作者: 丛欢,;Tel.:86-10-82543492
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[4+4] Photodimerization of Anthracene Derivatives: Recent Synthetic Advances and Applications

Liu Weiganga,b, Guo Lifenga,b, Fan Yangyanga,b, Huang Zeaoa,b, Cong Huana,b   

  1. a CAS Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190;
    b School of Future Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190
  • Received:2016-11-02 Revised:2016-12-06 Published:2016-12-12
  • Contact: 10.6023/cjoc201611001
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    Project supported by the "Thousand Youth Talents Plan", the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21672227), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. XDB17030200) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2016M601140).

The[4+4] photodimerizations of anthracene and its derivatives have been extensively studied for over a century. This classic photochemical reaction features broad substrate scope, user-friendly operation, and controllable reversibility. However, the synthetic applications of anthracene photodimerizations have been underdeveloped thus far, largely because of stereoisomer separation and solubility problems of the dianthracene products. Considering that the dianthracene products display unique molecular rigidity and geometry, further studies to improve the synthetic utility of anthracene photodimerizations should be warranted. This review summarizes the representative works of anthracene photodimerizations since the beginning of the 21st century, highlighting the synthetic advances to improve the reaction regio- and enantio-selectivity, as well as the synthetic applications toward functional organic molecules and molecular machines.

Key words: anthracene, photochemistry, dimerization, [4+4] cycloaddition, synthetic applications