This webinar discusses the basic photophysical considerations of photoredox catalysts and how to apply them in organic synthesis. Using a range of information, the speakers provide information to educate new researchers in the field of photoredox catalysis and explain considerations of reaction design.

SynLED parallel photoreactor

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The SynLED parallel photoreactor enables simple small-scale photocatalysis reaction screening ensuring high levels of consistency across reactions and between runs

Overall, this webinar serves as a tutorial for researchers interested in implementing photoredox catalysis in their research.

By watching this webinar, you will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the photophysics driving photoredox catalysis
  • Be equipped with a much better idea of how to rationally choose a promising photoredox catalyst for your reaction
  • Understand the considerations for designing a photoredox catalysed experiment

This webinar has been brought in association with MilliporeSigma.


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Speaker:  Garret Miyake, Professor, Colorado State University

Garret Miyake earned a BS in chemistry at Pacific University, a PhD from Colorado State University and was a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech. He has received the Cottrell Scholar Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the 2017 ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Mark Young Scholar Award. The Miyake group’s research interests focus on photoredox catalysis and organocatalysed atom transfer radical polymerisation.


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Speaker:  Ken Schwieter, Global Product Manager, Merck

Ken Schwieter is a Global Product Manager for emerging chemical synthesis at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He has developed a portfolio of catalysts, reagents and synthesis enabling technology, including photoredox catalysts and reactors. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, he earned a PhD in organic chemistry from Vanderbilt University.


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Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World magazine

Ben is the digital editor of Chemistry World magazine, producing video and podcasts to accompany the magazine and website. Prior to joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, he was the producer of the award-winning Naked Scientists, making local and national radio programmes for the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia in South Africa.