Journal or Book Title
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
The excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer reactions of hypericin and hypocrellin A are measured as a function of temperature in an ethanol/methanol mixture. The data yield activation energies of 0.044 ± 0.008 and 2.12 ± 0.070 kcal/mol for hypericin and hypocrellin A, respectively. The negligible activation energy of hypericin is consistent with previous suggestions that the proton-transfer reaction is adiabatic (K. Das et al., J. Phys. Chem. 1997,101A, 3241.) and that a very low-amplitude displacement in at least one other coordinate be taken into account in order to describe the reaction dynamics. The proton transfer for hypocrellin is also considered to occur in the adiabatic regime, but the significant activation energy suggests that a larger amplitude motion than that for the case of hypericin comprises part of the reaction coordinate. Much of the barrier cited above for hypocrellin A results from the temperature dependence of the viscosity of the solvent mixture. The viscosity independent part of the activation barrier is 0.41 ± 0.088 kcal/mol.
American Chemical Society
Das, K.; Ashby, Kyle Donald; Wen, J.; and Petrich, Jacob W., "Temperature Dependence of the Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer Reaction in Hypericin and Hypocrellin A" (1999). Chemistry Publications. 630.