Document Type : Original Article


1 Medicinal Organic Chemistry Laboratory (MOCL), School of Pharmacy, Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Campus du Champ de Foire, 01 BP 188, Cotonou, Bénin

2 Medicinal Chemistry (CMFA), Louvain Drug Research Institute, UCLouvain. 73, B1.73.10Av. E. Mounier B-1200 Brussels, Belgium, E.U.

3 Pharmacognosy Research group (GNOS), Louvain Drug Research Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, 1200 Brussels , Belgium, E.U.


A significant photo-activating effect was evidenced upon investigating the condensation of aldehydes and ketones with 4-phenylthiosemicarbazide in the absence of any type of catalyst (either acido-basic or nucleophilic catalysis). Actual yields were not found superior to those obtained using nucleophilic catalysts; however, the reaction can be run at room temperature with the absence of an additional solvent. A positive hydrophobic effect was also noted. Furthermore, it was found that, the described photo-chemical method did not require an expensive and energy-consuming photo-chemical equipment since the whole process was carried out using natural solar light in regular laboratory glass ware.

Graphical Abstract

Solar light photo-catalyzed condensation of aldones with 4-phenylthiosemicarbazide, a green chemistry approach


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