Nucleobase mediated, photocatalytic vesicle formation from an ester precursor.

  title={Nucleobase mediated, photocatalytic vesicle formation from an ester precursor.},
  author={Michael S. DeClue and Pierre-Alain Monnard and James A Bailey and Sarah Elizabeth Maurer and Gavin E. Collis and Hans-Joachim Ziock and Steen Rasmussen and James M Boncella},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
  volume={131 3},
We report the use of photoinduced electron transfer to drive reductive cleavage of an ester to produce bilayer-forming molecules; specifically, visible photolysis in a mixture of a decanoic acid ester precursor, hydrogen donor molecules, and a ruthenium-based photocatalyst that employs a linked nucleobase (8-oxo-guanine) as an electron donor generates decanoic acid. The overall transformation of the ester precursor to yield vesicles represents the use of an external energy source to convert… CONTINUE READING