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Catalysts 2012, 2(4), 544-571; doi:10.3390/catal2040544

Conversion of CO2 via Visible Light Promoted Homogeneous Redox Catalysis

Catalysis Research Centre, WACKER-Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry, TU-Munich, Lichtenbergstraße 4, 85748 Garching, Germany
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Received: 27 August 2012 / Revised: 26 October 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 27 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photocatalysts)


This review gives an overview on the principles of light-promoted homogeneous redox catalysis in terms of applications in CO2 conversion. Various chromophores and the advantages of different structures and metal centers as well as optimization strategies are discussed. All aspects of the reduction catalyst site are restricted to CO2 conversion. An important focus of this review is the question of a replacement of the sacrificial donor which is found in most of the current publications. Furthermore, electronic parameters of supramolecular systems are reviewed with reference to the requisite of chromophores, oxidation and reduction sites.
Keywords: CO2; photoreduction; photocatalysis; photooxidation; sacrificial amines CO2; photoreduction; photocatalysis; photooxidation; sacrificial amines
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Reithmeier, R.; Bruckmeier, C.; Rieger, B. Conversion of CO2 via Visible Light Promoted Homogeneous Redox Catalysis. Catalysts 2012, 2, 544-571.

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