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Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie

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Volume 227, Issue 6-7


Double Hydrogen Transfer in Low Symmetry Porphycenes

Piotr Fita / Piotr Ciacka / Igor Czerski / Marek Pietraszkiewicz / Czeslaw Radzewicz / Jacek Waluk
Published Online: 2013-03-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zpch.2013.0372


The rate constants of intramolecular double hydrogen transfer have been determined for of tert-butyl-substituted porphycenes: 2-tert-butyl-, 2,7-di-tert-butyl-, 2,7,12-tri-tert-butyl-, and 2,7,12,17-tetra-tert-butylporphycene using femtosecond pump-probe polarization spectroscopy. The rates increase monotonically with the number of substituents. As is the case for other porphycenes studied so far, the tautomerization becomes slower after excitation to the lowest excited singlet state. The potential for the trans-trans self-exchange reaction is symmetrical in di- and tetra-tert-butyl substituted derivatives, but not for the singly and triply substituted ones. Our studies enabled determination of the relative populations of nonequivalent tautomers and thus of the equilibrium constants in S0 and S1 states, as well as estimation of ground and excited state activation energies for the tautomerization process.

Keywords: Porphycenes; Tautomerism; Hydrogen Transfer; Pump-Probe Polarized Spectroscopy

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* Correspondence address: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Polen,

Published Online: 2013-03-25

Published in Print: 2013-06-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Volume 227, Issue 6-7, Pages 1009–1020, ISSN (Online) 2196-7156, ISSN (Print) 0942-9352, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zpch.2013.0372.

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