Ultrafast time-resolved transient infrared and resonance Raman spectroscopic study of the photo-deprotection and rearrangement reactions of p-hydroxyphenacyl caged phosphates

Qian Cao, Xiangguo Guan, Michael W. George, David Lee Phillips, Chensheng Ma, Wai Ming Kwok, Mingde Li, Yong Du, Xue Zhong Sun, Jiadan Xue

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This is a picosecond and nanosecond time-resolved infrared absorption spectroscopic study of p-hydroxphenacyl diethylphosphate (HPDP) in aqueous solution examining the deprotection reaction and subsequent evolution to produce the p-hydroxyphenylacetic acid (HPAA) rearrangement product. The data reported here support previous ultrafast fluorescence, Raman and transient UV/visible absorption studies and provide new insight into the role of water in the deprotection reaction. It also provides insight into the nature of the intermediate steps that take place following initial formation of the triplet state and its reaction with water to eventually produce the solvent-separated ions and solvolytic reaction product HPAA. In addition, density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to investigate the reactions of the triplet state of HPDP with water molecules to induce deprotection, the formation of a contact ion pair and the subsequent intermediates that lead to the HPAA rearrangement product. A more detailed reaction mechanism is proposed based on the time-resolved spectroscopy experiments and DFT computational results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-183
Number of pages13
JournalFaraday Discussions
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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