Redox-Auxiliary Catalysis

The Problem:
The previous technology for inducing electron-transfer catalysis of chemical reactions had many drawbacks. The product had to be a stronger oxidant than the reactant to enable a chain reaction. The applicable reactions had to run at higher temperatures, and therefore, were less efficient to induce. Additionally, redox-auxiliary reactions could not be triggered electronically.

The Solution:
The technology is a new approach to doing electron-transfer catalysis of chemical reactions. It operates by first appending a redox unit (arylamines for example) to a reaction site and then removing an electron (oxidizing) from the redox unit (the redox-auxiliary) which triggers the reaction to occur at the reaction site. This process generalizes the ability to use electron-transfer catalysis for many reactions.


  • Product no longer needs to be stronger than the oxidant.
  • Redox-auxiliary group is designed to be very stable.
  • Applicable reactions can be run at lower temperature with redox-auxiliary catalysis.
  • Saves energy (more efficient).
  • Process allows reactions to occur in environments that were previously not possible.

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