Carbazolic porous organic framework as an efficient, metal-free visible-light photocatalyst for organic synthesis

Jian Luo, Xiang Zhang, Jian Zhang

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We report the visible-light-promoted photocatalytic activity of a highly porous carbazolic organic framework, Cz-POF-1, toward three prototypic organic transformations: net reductive dehalogenation of phenacyl bromide and its derivatives, net oxidative hydroxylation of arylboronic acids, and redox-neutral α-alkylation of aldehydes. We show that the extended π-conjugation in Cz-POF-1 enhances its visible light absorption, and the large porosity accelerates the reaction rate. For α-alkylation of aldehydes, Cz-POF-1 requires less strict reaction conditions and can be easily recovered and reused for up to 10 times. This work reveals a bright future for Cz-POFs as a new generation of metal-free photocatalysts for organic synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2250-2254
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015



  • carbazole
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • metal-free
  • photocatalysis
  • porous organic framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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