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|Title:||Design and photochemical characterization of a biomimetic light-driven Z/E switcher||Authors:||Basosi, Riccardo
Sampedro Ruitz, D.
|Issue Date:||2004||Project:||None||Journal:||JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY||Abstract:||
Protonated Schiff bases (PSBs) of polyenals constitute a class of light-driven switchers selected by biological evolution that provide model compounds for the development of artificial light-driven molecular devices or motors. In the present paper, our primary target is to show, through combined computational and experimental studies, that it is possible to approach the design of artificial PSBs suitable for such applications. Below, we use the methods of computational photochemistry to design and characterize the prototype biomimetic molecular switchers 4-cyclopenten-2¢-enylidene-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrolinium and its 5,5¢-dimethyl derivative both containing the penta-2,4-dieniminium chromophore. To find support for the predicted behavior, we also report the photochemical reaction path of the synthetically accessible compound 4-benzylidene-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrolinium. We show that the preparation and photochemical characterization of this compound (together with three different N-methyl derivatives) provide both support for the predicted photoisomerization mechanism and information on its sensitivity to the molecular environment.
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