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Wavelength Dependence of Light-Induced Cycloadditions

Wavelength Dependence of Light-Induced Cycloadditions
Michelle L. Coote, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Andrea Lauer, James P. Blinco, Benjamin B. Noble, Jan P. Menzel
The wavelength-dependent conversion of two rapid photoinduced ligation reactions, i.e., the light activation of o-methylbenzaldehydes, leading to the formation of reactive o-quinodimethanes (photoenols), and the photolysis of 2,5-diphenyltetrazoles, affording highly reactive nitrile imines, is probed via a monochromatic wavelength scan at constant photon count. The transient species are trapped by cycloaddition with N-ethylmaleimide, and the reactions are traced by high resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The resulting action plots are assessed in the context of Beer–Lambert’s law and provide combined with time-dependent density functional theory and multireference calculations an in-depth understanding of the underpinning mechanistic processes, including conical intersections. The π → π* transition of the carbonyl group of the o-methylbenzaldehyde correlates with a highly efficient conversion to the cycloadduct, showing no significant wavelength dependence, while conversion following the n → π* transition proceeds markedly less efficient at longer wavelengths. The influence of absorbance and reactivity has critical consequences for an effective reaction design: At high concentrations of o-methylbenzaldehydes (c = 8 mmol L–1), photoligations with N-ethylmaleimide (possible for λ ≤ 390 nm) are ideally performed at 330 nm, whereas at high light penetration regimes at lower concentrations (c = 0.3 mmol L–1), 315 nm irradiation leads to the highest conversion. Activation and trapping of 2,5-diphenyltetrazoles (possible for λ ≤ 322 nm) proceeds best at a wavelength shorter than 295 nm, irrespective of concentration.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b08047

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08047

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