Switchable catalysis

We are interested in catalysis toggled (switched on and off) in response to external stimuli,  especially when it happens due to geometric constraints.


In 2016, we reported on a photo- and thermally activated catalyst for olefin metathesis:



Sashuk, V.,* Danylyuk, O. A Thermo- and Photo-Switchable Ruthenium Initiator For Olefin Metathesis. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 6528-6531.


Very recently, we introduced a new concept of controlling chemical reactions by light through the reversible hiding of catalytic centers within a crowded chemical environment:



Szewczyk, M., Sobczak, G., Sashuk, V.* Photoswitchable Catalysis by a Small Swinging Molecule Confined on the Surface of a Colloidal Particle. ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 2810-2814.