Bouthayna Zilate


Bouthayna Zilate was born in Casablanca (Morocco) and studied pharmacy at the University of Paris V where she obtained her MSc with Prof. Hervé Galons working on inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK). In 2016, she started a PhD in the group of Prof. Sparr at the University of Basel. She is currently investigating novel approaches for the synthesis of acridinium salts and their application in photoredox catalysis. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and reading.


Design and application of aminoacridinium organophotoredox catalysts
B. Zilate, C. Fischer, C. Sparr*
Chem. Commun. 2020,  56, 1767–1775. Invited feature article

Modulation of Acridinium Organophotoredox Catalysts Guided by Photophysical Studies
C. Fischer,+ C. Kerzig,+B. Zilate, O. S. Wenger,* C. Sparr*
ACS Catal. 2020,  10, 210–215. (+ denotes equal contributions)

Scalable Synthesis of Acridinium Catalysts for Photoredox Deuterations
B. Zilate
, C. Fischer, L. Schneider, C. Sparr*
Synthesis 2019, 51, 4359–4365.

Catalyst-Controlled Stereoselective Synthesis of Atropisomers
B. Zilate, A. Castrogiovanni, C. Sparr*
ACS Catal.
2018, 8, 2981–2988.