Recent Advances in Germanium-Based Photoinitiator Chemistry

Michael Haas, Judith Radebner, Anna Eibel, Georg Gescheidt, Harald Stueger*

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Acylgermanes provide an outstanding photoinduced reactivity at very useful absorption wavelengths. This encouraged multidisciplinary research groups to utilize them as highly effective and non-toxic photoinitiators particularly for medical applications. In this Minireview, we present the most recent breakthroughs to synthesize acylgermanes. We also outline mechanistic aspects of photoinduced reactions of several acylgermane derivatives based on fundamental spectroscopic insights. These studies may aid future developments for tailor-made photoinitiators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8258-8267
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry - a European Journal
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2018


  • germanium
  • photochemistry
  • photoinitiators
  • polymerization
  • radicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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