We report the use of a simple rotary evaporator as a semi-continuous UV photochemical reactor. By generation of a thin film from the rotation of a flask, better light penetration is achieved, and in this work we used high-power Hg lamps to enable the direct irradiation of molecules with UV light. The intramolecular [2 + 2] photocycloaddition of Cookson's dione and the intermolecular [2 + 2] photocycloaddition of maleimide with 1-hexyne were used as test reactions to examine the effectiveness of this reactor. High productivities, equivalent to 210 g h-1, were obtained for the simple intramolecular reaction, demonstrating the scalability of the reactor. The effects of flask size, reaction mixture volume, and use of borosilicate or quartz glassware were also investigated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry