Bifunctional photoacids: Remote protonation affecting chemical reactivity

Julia Ditkovich, Tzach Mukra, Dina Pines, Dan Huppert, Ehud Pines*

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Reversible protonation (deprotonation) of a side-group is a useful and convenient way to affect the reactivity of large organic and biological molecules. We use bifunctional photoacids to demonstrate how the protonation state of a basic side-group (COO-) controls the reactivity of the main acidic group of the photoacid (OH), both in the ground and the electronic excited state of 6-carboxy derivatives of 2-naphthol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2690-2701
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number6
StatePublished - 12 Feb 2015


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