SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Kinetics of Proton Transfer of Extremely Weak Bases in the Lowest Excited Singlet State in Concentrated Mineral Acid Solutions


Recently, a modified form of the steady state treatment for the determination of excited state proton transfer rate constants was successfully applied to a variety of oxygen-and nitrogen-center aromatic excited-state acids. These compounds shared the characteristic of being more acidic in the first excited state, S1, than in the ground state, S0, and of requiring a concentrated mineral acid medium for protonation. The quantitation of excited-state proton transfer kinetics is presently extended to several protonated N-heterocyclic amines that are weak enough bases in the excited state to require concentrated mineral acids for protonation.

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Kelly, RN
Schulman, SG
College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
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Developed by Committee: E13
Pages: 75–82
DOI: 10.1520/STP19692S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5028-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1178-3