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Visible-light mediated C–C bond cleavage of 1,2-diols to carbonyls by cerium-photocatalysis

Schwarz, Johanna ; König, Burkhard


We describe a photocatalytic method for the cleavage of vicinal diols to aldehydes and ketones. The reaction is catalyzed by blue light and a cerium-catalyst and the scope includes aryl as well as alkyl substituted diols. The simple protocol which works under air and at room temperature enables the valorization of abundant diols.

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