The excited-state behavior of 9-hydroxy-10-methyl-9-phenyl-9,10-dihydroacridine and its derivative, 9-methoxy-10-methyl-9-phenyl-9,10-dihydroacridine (AcrOR, R = H, Me), was studied via femtosecond and nanosecond UV-vis transient absorption spectroscopy. The solvent effects on C-O bond cleavage were clearly identified: a fast heterolytic cleavage (tau = 108 ps) was observed in protic solvents, while intersystem crossing was observed in aprotic solvents. Fast heterolysis generates 10methyl-9-phenylacridinium (Acr(+)) and -OH, which have a long recombination lifetime (no signal decay was observed within 100 mu s). AcrOH exhibits the characteristic behavior needed for its utilization as a chromophore in the pOH jump experiment.
Zhou, Dapeng; Khatmullin, Renat; Walpita, Janitha; Miller, Nicholas A.; Luk, Hoi Ling; Vyas, Shubham; Hadad, Christopher M.; and Glusac, Ksenija D., "Mechanistic Study Of The Photochemical Hydroxide Ion Release From 9-hydroxy-10-methyl-9-phenyl-9,10-dihydroacridine" (2012). Chemistry Faculty Publications. 130.
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