Example: amine functionalization by photoredox catalysis
A good "building blocks" search requires planning, modification, and repetition. Use a whiteboard, notebook, worksheet (.xlsx file), etc. as you design your search strategy.
- Start by identifying the individual concepts or "building blocks" in your search. Think of the concepts as answers to questions like "What?" "How?" "Where and/or when?"
amine functionalization [in some databases this could be 2 concepts: amine AND functionalization]
photoredox catalysis [in some databases this could be 2 concepts: photoredox AND catalysis, photocatalysis AND redox]
- For each concept, think of synonyms and variations in spelling or grammar. Consider both more specific and more general terms.
amine → amination OR amine OR amino
functionalization → functionalisation OR functionalization
photoredox → "photo redox" OR photochemical OR photoredox OR photoreduction OR ("visible light" AND reduc*), etc.
catalysis → catalyst* OR catalytic
Check database Help screens for advice on advanced search techniques like
- phrase searching (example: "visible light")
- truncation or using wildcards (example: cataly*)