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CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology, Third Edition - Two Volume Set

3rd Edition

By Axel Griesbeck, Michael Oelgemöller, Francesco Ghetti

CRC Press

1,694 pages

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The only combined organic photochemistry and photobiology handbook

As spectroscopic, synthetic and biological tools become more and more sophisticated, photochemistry and photobiology are merging—making interdisciplinary research essential. Following in the footsteps of its bestselling predecessors, the CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology, Third Edition has evolved into a state-of-the-art collection on modern aspects of photochemistry and photobiology.

A compilation 67 of topical reviews by leading experts, this compilation provides cutting-edge information on the applications of photochemical and photobiological principles, techniques, and methodologies.

New and updated topics in this edition include

  • Industrial photochemistry
  • Photocatalyic water splitting
  • Photocatalysis
  • Photostability of drugs
  • Photochemistry in microreactors
  • Photochemical key-steps in organic synthesis
  • Photochirogenesis
  • Photolabile protecting groups
  • Solar photochemistry
  • Computational photochemistry and photobiology
  • Spin-center shift reactions
  • Sustainable photochemistry
  • Artificial photosynthetic systems
  • Biology of UV-A radiation
  • UV radiation and vitamin D
  • Photodynamic drug delivery
  • Photoimmunology
  • Photodermatology
  • Endogenous antioxidant photoprotection and its enhancement in human skin
  • Phototoxicity of drugs
  • Photodynamic approaches to water disinfection 

This high-quality and concise collection bridges traditional topics, current trends, and future directions to provide you with the most authoritative and complete resource available on the subject. The IUPAC glossary of photochemistry is included as a CD-ROM.

Table of Contents

Industrial Photochemistry

André M. Braun, Günther H. Peschl, and Esther Oliveros

Excilamp Photochemistry

Thomas Oppenländer


Oksana Shvydkiv and Michael Oelgemöller

Photolabile Protecting Groups in Organic Synthesis

Christian G. Bochet and Aurélien Blanc

Photochemical Key Steps in Organic Synthesis

Norbert Hoffmann


Cheng Yang and Yoshihisa Inoue

Enantioselective Photoreactions in Solution

Kerrie A.B. Austin and Thorsten Bach

Spin-Center Shift Reactions

Pablo Wessig

Photochemistry in Ecosustainable Syntheses

Valentina Dichiarante and Stefano Protti

Solar Photochemistry

Emma E. Coyle and Michael Oelgemöller

Photochemistry in Alternative Media

Tadashi Mori and Yoshihisa Inoue

Cryogenic Matrix Photochemistry

Goetz Bucher

Preparative and Mechanistic Semiconductor Photocatalysis

Horst Kisch and Dariusz Mitoraj

Radical Photochemistry

Uta Wille

Recent Advances in the Photoinduced Radical Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions

Maria E. Budén, Sandra E. Martín, and Roberto A. Rossi

Photochemistry of Aryl Halides

Luca Pretali and Angelo Albini

Photochemistry of Phosphate and Sulfonate Esters

Davide Ravelli and Maurizio Fagnoni

Stabilized Carbocations Generated by Photoheterolysis

W. Abraham

Intermolecular Photochemical Hydrogen Abstraction

Niall W.A. Geraghty and Mary Treasa Lohan

Inter- and Intramolecular Photocycloaddition of Aromatic Compounds

Hajime Maeda and Kazuhiko Mizuno

Di-π-Methane Rearrangement Howard E. Zimmerman

Oxa-Di-π-Methane Rearrangement of β,γ-Unsaturated Ketones V. Jayathirtha Rao and Kolupula Srinivas

Photochemical Bergman Cyclization and Related Photoreactions of Enediynes

Igor V. Alabugin, Wang-Yong Yang, and Runa Pal

Scope and Limitations of Hula-Twist Mechanism of Photoisomerization

Robert S.H. Liu, Yao-Peng Zhao, and Lan-Ying Yang


Karola Rück-Braun, Kerstin Mayer, Andreas Hebert, and Fabian Michalik

Photoenolization and Its Applications

Petr Klán, Jakob Wirz, and Anna D. Gudmundsdottir

Paternò–Büchi Reaction

Maurizio D’Auria

Quinone Photochemistry

H. Görner

Photodecarboxylation of Arylacetic Acids

Matthew Lukeman

Photooxygenation, [2+2] and [4+2]

Maria Rosaria Iesce and Flavio Cermola

Singlet Oxygen-Mediated Allylic Oxidation

Mariza N. Alberti and Michael Orfanopoulos

Photooxygenations of Sulfur Compounds

Edward L. Clennan


Jacek Waluk

Photochemical Transformations Involving Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines

Natalia N. Sergeeva and Mathias O. Senge

Photochemical Routes for Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis

Katherine L. McGilvray and J.C. Scaiano

Photocatalytic Water Splitting

Junwang Tang and Alexander J. Cowan

Overview of the Development of Integrated Photocatalytic Adsorbents (IPCAs) for Water Treatment Using Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and Activated Carbon

David Keane, Kieran Nolan, Anne Morrissey, Michael Oelgemöller, Shaik Basha, and John Tobin

Molecular Logic Based on Optical Signaling

Uwe Pischel and Joakim Andréasson

Application of Photophysics to the Study of Supramolecular Dynamics

Tamara C.S. Pace and Cornelia Bohne

Photostability of Drugs and Drug Products

Beverley Glass

Computational Photochemistry and Photobiology

Patrick Z. El-Khoury, Igor Schapiro, Mark Huntress, Federico Melaccio, Samer Gozem, Luis Manuel Frutos, and Massimo Olivucci

DNA Fluorescence

Dimitra Markovitsi, Thomas Gustavsson, and Akos Banyasz

Action Spectroscopy

Edward D. Lipson

Action Spectroscopy

Thomas P. Coohill and Francesco Ghetti


Giulio Jori

Photoecology and Environmental Photobiology

Donat-P. Häder

Photoactive Yellow Protein, the Prototype Xanthopsin

Johnny Hendriks, Marijke Hospes, and Klaas J. Hellingwerf

Photomovements in Eukaryotic Microorganisms

Giovanni Checcucci and Francesco Ghetti

Transport and Sensory Rhodopsins in Microorganisms

Yuki Sudo

Nonvisual Photosensitivity and Circadian Vision

Carlo Musio and Silvia Santillo

The Essential Role of Retinoids as Ligands for Visual Pigment Formation in and Survival of Cone Photoreceptors

Peter H. Tang and Rosalie K. Crouch

Phytochrome: Molecular Mechanisms for Light Signaling in Plants

Jeong-Il Kim, Yun-Jeong Han, and Pill-Soon Song

Blue Light Regulation in Plants and Microorganisms

Aba Losi and Wolfgang Gärtner


Vadim R. Viviani

Artificial Photosynthetic Systems

Péter Maróti and Massimo Trotta

Fluorescent Proteins

Ranieri Bizzarri and Riccardo Nifosi

Formation and Repair of UV-Induced DNA Damage

Thierry Douki

The Biology of UVA Radiation

Rex M. Tyrrell and Evelyne Sage

Ultraviolet Radiation and Vitamin D

Lesley E. Rhodes and Ann R. Webb

Endogenous Antioxidant Photoprotection and Its Enhancement in Human Skin

Maryam Afshar and Antony R. Young

The Acute and Chronic Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation, Visible Light, and Infrared

Saroj M. Verma and Gillian M. Murphy

Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy in Dermatology

Calzavara-Pinton Piergiacomo, Arisi Mariachiara, Ortel Bernhard, and Rossi Mariateresa


Vivienne E. Reeve

Photodynamic Therapy

Clare Conway and Stanley B. Brown

Photodynamic Drug Delivery

Julie Tzu-Wen Wang, Josephine H. Woodhams, Alexander J. MacRobert, Stephen G. Bown, and Kristian Berg

Phototoxicity of Drugs

Virginie Lhiaubet-Vallet and Miguel Angel Miranda

Photodynamic Approaches to Water Disinfection

Michela Magaraggia and Giulio Jori


About the Authors

Axel G. Griesbeck studied political science and chemistry at the University of Munich, Germany, where he received his doctoral degree in 1984 for work on singlet oxygen. After postdoctoral positions in Würzburg, ETH Zürich, and the Weizmann-Institute in Rehovot, he finished his habilitation in 1991 at the University of Würzburg. Since 1995, he has been a professor of organic chemistry and photochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. He was a visiting professor at Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin), Tsukuba (Japan), and Tapei (Taiwan) and received the Grammaticakis-Neumann prize in 1997 and the Honda-Fujishima award in 2009. His current research activities are focused on using organic molecules as substrates and as catalysts for photoinduced reactions, either directly excited or generated by energy transfer as well as by electron transfer processes. The reactions are performed in solution phase, in gas phase, or in nanocompartments. Recent applications of these processes are the syntheses of antimalaria-active peroxides by photooxygenation.

Michael Oelgemöller received his diploma from the University of Münster, Germany in 1995 and his PhD from the University of Cologne, Germany in 1999. He was a researcher at the Photochirogenesis Project in Osaka (1999–2001) and at Bayer CropScience Japan in Yuki (2001–2004). From 2004 to 2008 he held a position as a lecturer in organic and medicinal chemistry at Dublin City University in Ireland. In February 2009, he joined James Cook University in Australia as an associate professor in organic chemistry. In 2000, he received the Kurt-Alder award of the University of Cologne. He was a visiting professor at the University of Pau in France in 2009, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan in 2011 and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 2012. His research activities include synthetic organic photochemistry, solar photochemistry, the development of new photochemical synthesis tools, and photochemical water treatment.

Francesco Ghetti graduated in physics from Pisa University in 1980 and has been a researcher at the Institute of Biophysics (Pisa section) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) since 1985. His main research topics are photomotile reactions in microorganisms and related primary events of phototransduction and biological effects of environmental ultraviolet radiation on microorganisms and plants. He has served as treasurer of the European Society for Photobiology (1999–present), as president of the Italian Society for Photobiology (2002–2007), and as one of the vice presidents of the International Union for Photobiology (2004–2009). He has also organized several international photobiology congresses, directed NATO advanced study institutes, and chaired numerous symposia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biochemistry
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Organic
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical