LAB OF Sers and catalysis

Prof.Dr.Wei Xie


Congratulations to Ling Yang for her paper accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition!

Dihalogenation of alkenes to the high-added value vicinal dihalides is a prominent process in modern synthetic chemistry. However, their effective conversion still requires the use of expensive and hazardous agents, sacrificial half-reaction coupling or primary energy input. Here, we show a photocatalytically assisted shuttle (p-shuttle) strategy for redox-neutral and reversible vicinal dihalogenation using low-cost and stable 1,2-dihaloethane under visible light illumination. Energetic hot electrons from metal-halide perovskite QDs enable the challenging photocatalytic reactions. Ultrafast laser transient absorption spectroscopy have unveiled the energy matching of the hot electrons with the high reduction potential of 1,2-dihaloethane, via two consecutive photoexcitation process. Powered by the sustainable energy as the only energy input, our new catalytic system using metal-halide perovskite QDs for dibromination, dichlorination and even unexplored hetero-dihalogenation, shows good tolerance with a wide range of alkenes at room temperature. In contrast to homogeneous photocatalysts, chalcogenide QDs and other semiconductor catalysts, perovskite QDs deliver previously unattainable performance in photoredox shuttle vicinal dihalogenation with the turnover number over 120,000. This work provides new opportunities in visible-light-driven heterogeneous catalysis for unlocking novel chemical transformations.