The Bochet group
Organic synthesis and photochemistry

Chem. Department

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Organic photochemistry
Organic synthesis (the preparation of carbon-containing molecules in the laboratory) is of great importance, because most of the current drugs, plastics, dyes and fragrances are not anymore extracted from natural sources. The possibility of making these compounds by using light instead of toxic and expensive reagents or catalysts is studied by a specific field of organic synthesis: the organic photochemistry.

Total synthesis of pharmaceutically active products
Most of today's pharmaceuticals (painkillers, antibiotics, anticancers, etc.) are produced synthetically, even if the initial source was once natural. The search for more efficient synthetic routes remains a proority for organic synthesis. However, the quest for new structures with new properties is also of highest importance, because current drugs all have limitations and/or side effects, bacteria and cancers develop resistance to treatments and new diseases are emerging.

Green chemistry
The large-scale industrial preparation of chemicals has traditionally required the use of toxic substances and/or massive amounts of energy. Recently a new trend, called 'Green Chemistry', has emerged, which aims at using environmentally harmless products, and avoiding the release of toxic waste in the synthesis of the chemicals. In order to minimize the energy needed for the activation of reagents, much effort is spent on the development of new catalysts, following the example of Nature which uses enzymes to accomplish biochemical transformations which would otherwise never take place under ambient conditions.

Updated on February 8, 2013.