Although proton transfer is one of the most fundamental reaction types in chemical and biological processes, the mechanism underlying this elementary reaction is not yet fully understood. The aim of Tatu Kumpulainen’s research is to find out more about it by studying photoacids. These are excited with a short light pulse to initiate the disassociation process, which is then followed in time. To achieve this, he makes use of excited-state acids, compounds that increase their acidity upon excitation to a higher electronic state.
T.S. Kumpulainen: Proton-Transfer Reactions in “Super”Photoacids and Supramolecular Assemblies.
Prof. A.M. Brouwer
Prof. S. Woutersen
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