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A team from Yokohama National University has developed oxygen heterocycles using green light as a photocatalyst. Their sustainable approach to developing these compounds could help organic chemists develop better drugs.
Oxygen heterocycles are ring structures consisting of atoms from two or more elements. They have a variety of uses, including in medications to treat cancer and heart failure. According to professor Kiyoshi Honda, “[Our] goal was to develop cost-effective and milder synthetic routes to create oxygen heterocycles.”
The green-light-driven production of oxygen heterocycles. Courtesy of Yokohama National University.
Traditionally, oxygen heterocycles are made by applying high temperatures to two…