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Organic Photochemistry and Photophysics

1st Edition

Edited by V. Ramamurthy, Kirk S. Schanze

CRC Press

312 pages | 179 B/W Illus.

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Featuring contributions from leading experts, Organic Photochemistry and Photophysics is a unique resource that addresses the organic photochemistry and photophysical behavior in aromatic molecules, thiocarbonyls, selected porphyrins, and metalloporphyrins.

The book presents theories pertaining to radiative and radiationless transitions. It describes excited-state proton-transfer reactions of aromatic compounds and the physical, energetic, and environmental effects of atom transfer reactions. The text discusses the role of the carbonyl and azo groups in ketones and azoalkanes in the development of photochemistry, followed by a review of nucleophilic substitution reactions in the photochemistry of aromatics (also called photosubstitution) and the various atomic bonds that result from these reactions. The book presents studies that explain the factors that govern the nature and efficiencies of SET-promoted photochemical reactions. It then focuses on photoamination as a convenient, powerful, and environmentally friendly synthetic process for transforming a variety of substrates into the corresponding aminated compounds. The final chapter explores how dye structure affects the sequence-dependence of DNA binding, which has potential applications in nonlinear optics and DNA detection as well as incorporating DNA into various nanostructures and devices.

With an emphasis on the current uses of light in both materials chemistry and medicinal chemistry, this book serves as a comprehensive resource on photochemical reactions and discusses topics that are useful for researchers as well as newcomers in the fields of photochemistry, photobiology, photomedicine, and photophysics


"[This book] is a reference that should be useful to experts in the field for an in-depth survey of the recent literature. As most of the chapters include a concise introduction, the book can also serve as an excellent resource for graduate students or anyone who is new to the fields of organic photochemistry and photophysics."

-Anna D. Gudmundsdóttir, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 128, No. 24, 2006

Table of Contents

Photochemistry and Photophysics of Highly Excited Valence States of Polyatomic Molecules: Nonalternant Aromatics, Thioketones, and Metalloporphyrins; G. Burdzinski, J. Kubicki, A. Maciejewski, R.P. Steer, S. Velate, and E.K.L. Yeow


Azulene and Other Nonalternant Aromatic Hydrocarbons and

Their Derivatives


Porphyrins and Metalloporphyrins


Proton Transfer Reactions in the Excited States; H. Shizuka and S. Tobita


Determination of pKa * Values in the Excited State

Proton-Induced Quenching

Effect of Electronic Structures on Proton Transfer Reactions

Environmental Effects on Excited-State Proton Transfer Reactions

Proton and Hydrogen Atom Transfer Reactions

Ultrafast Proton Transfer in the Excited States

Applications of Excited-State Proton Transfer Reactions


Photoreactivity of n,p*-Excited Azoalkanes and Ketones; W.M. Nau and U. Pischel


Photophysical Properties

Factors Affecting Photochemical Reactivity

Quenching Rate Constants

Photonucleophilic Substitution Reactions; M. Fagnoni and A. Albini



Formation of a C-C or Other C-IV Group Elements Bond

Formation of a C-V Group Elements Bond

Formation of a C-VI Group Elements Bond, Except Oxygen

Formation of a C-Halogen Bond

Formation of a C-O Bond

Synthetic Significance of Photonucleophilic Substitutions

Mechanistic and Synthetic Aspects of SET-Promoted Photocyclization Reactions of Silicon Substituted Phthalimides; U.C. Yoon and P.S. Mariano


SET-Photochemistry of Silicon Containing Phthalimides


Photoamination with Ammonia and Amines; M. Yasuda, T. Shiragami, J. Matsumoto, T. Yamashita, and K. Shima

Introduction and Background

Photochemical Polar Addition

Photoamination via Category III: General Aspects

Photoamination via Category III: Products Analysis

Photoamination via Category III: Mechanistic Aspects

Scope and Limitation


DNA-Templated Assembly of Helical Multichromophore Aggregates; B.A. Armitage


DNA-Templated Aggregation of Cyanine Dyes

DNA-Templated Assembly of Stacked Porphyrin Aggregates


Covalently Linked Dye Aggregates: DNA-Based Foldamers


About the Authors/Editors

V. Ramamurthy Professor Department of Chemistry University of Miami Miami, Florida Kirk S. Schanze Professor Department of Chemistry University of Florida Gainesville, Florida

About the Series

Molecular and Supramolecular Photochemistry

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Organic
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical