Using Physical Organic Chemistry to Shape the Course of Electrochemical Reactions

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While organic electrochemistry can look quite different to a chemist not familiar with the technique, the reactions are at their core organic reactions. As such, they are developed and optimized using the same physical organic chemistry principles employed during the development of any other organic reaction. Certainly, the electron transfer that triggers the reactions can require a consideration of new "wrinkles" to those principles, but those considerations are typically minimal relative to the more traditional approaches needed to manipulate the pathways available to the reactive intermediates formed downstream of that electron transfer. In this review, three very different synthetic challenges - the generation and trapping of radical cations, the development of site-selective reactions on microelectrode arrays, and the optimization of current in a paired electrolysis - are used to illustrate this point.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4817-4833
Number of pages17
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 9 2018


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