Drs. Handa's and Liu's research groups has collaborated with Novartis Pharmaceuticals to publish in Nature Communications
The collaborative effort of Drs. Handa's and Liu's research groups with Novartis Pharmaceuticals had an article (Organopolymer with dual chromophores and fast charge-transfer properties for sustainable photocatalysis) accepted to the High Impact Journal called Nature Communications. Listed below is the abstract to the article.
Photocatalytic polymers offer an alternative to prevailing organometallics and nanomaterials, and they may beneﬁt from polymer-mediated catalytic and material enhancements. MPC-1, a polymer photoredox catalyst reported herein, exhibits enhanced catalytic activity arising from charge transfer states (CTSs) between its two chromophores. Oligomeric and polymeric MPC-1 preparations both promote efﬁcient hydrodehalogenation of α-halocarbonyl compounds while exhibiting different solubility properties. The polymer is readily recovered by ﬁltration. MPC-1-coated vessels enable batch and ﬂow photocatalysis, even with opaque reaction mixtures, via “backside irradiation.” Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy indicates a fast charge-transfer process within 20 ps of photoexcitation. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements reveal an approximate 10 ns lifetime for bright valence states. Ultrafast measurements suggest a long CTS lifetime. Empirical catalytic activities of small-molecule models of MPC-1 subunits support the CTS hypothesis. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations are in good agreement with experimental spectra, spectral peak assignment, and proposed underlying energetics.