These days, the main focus of our research is directed towards the applications of “unconventional” electrochemical methods in organic electro-synthesis.
- Paired electrolysis
- Cation-pool electrolysis
- Quasi-divided cell electrolysis
- 200%-Cell electrolysis
- Alternating current electrolysis
A recent example from our group is the electrochemical version of the cis-chlorination of alkenes mediated by selenium compounds.
The cobalt-catalysed Diels-Alder reaction allowed us to generate site-specific deuterated dihydroaromatic compounds. The transfer-hydrogenation initiated by Lewis acids, such as BF3 or InBr3 led to the regiospecific HD or DH transfer to alkenes.
Also, an InBr3-catalysed transfer-hydrogenation initiating a cyclisation towards furan derivatives could be realised.
After two decades of research in the area of cobalt-catalysed transformations, we have left the field.
The quantification of Lewis acidities was an interesting side field that we have left as well.