A Renaissance of Photochemistry?
Avondlezing door prof.dr.ing. Timothy Noël georganiseerd door de Bossche Chemische Kring.
Visible light photoredox catalysis has received much attention in recent years as a mild and sustainable activation mode for organic molecules. In particular, when coupled with microreactor technology, an efficient irradiation of the reaction medium is achieved.
In addition, the efficient use of solar light as perennial energy source in the fine chemical production industry can reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and enable the transition toward a world driven by clean energy. In this lecture, we will discuss on our work concerning the development of novel synthetic methods using photocatalysis and how these methods can benefit from continuous-flow processing.
Timothy Noël received in 2004 his MSc degree (Industrial Chemical Engineering) from the KaHo Sint-Lieven in Ghent. He then moved to Ghent University to obtain a PhD at the Laboratory for Organic and Bioorganic Synthesis (2005-2009). Next, he crossed the ocean to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. Returning to Europe, he became assistant professor in 2012 and associate professor in 2017 at Eindhoven University of Technology.
In 2020, he was promoted to Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam where he is the Chair of Flow Chemistry. His research interests are flow chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis. His research on flow chemistry was recognized with several awards, including the DECHEMA award (2017), the Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs (2019), the IUPAC-ThalesNano Flow Chemistry Award (2020) and the KNCV Gold medal (2021). He is the editor in chief of Journal of Flow Chemistry.
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