Cation-enhanced deprotonation of water by a strong photobase

Noga Munitz, Yotam Avital, Dina Pines, Erik Nibbering, Ehud Pines

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We have used picosecond fluorescence spectroscopy to study the proton-dissociation dynamics of bulk water and H2O molecules solvating Mg2+ ions in aqueous solutions. We have analyzed the photo-initiated proton-transfer reaction to a photobase 6-aminoquinoline by the Collins-Kimball approach and have modeled the ensuing bimolecular reaction dynamics by the Smoluchowski equation with radiation boundary conditions. We have found the on-contact proton transfer rate to follow the Marcus free-energy relation for proton transfer and estimate by this rate-equilibrium correlation the considerable enhancement in the acidity of the water molecules solvating the Mg2+ ion. Our findings may be used in the study of metalloenzymes such as carbonic anhydrases (CAs), which catalyze the reversible addition reaction of OH- to CO2 by increasing the reactivity of the zinc-bound water molecules by means of stabilizing the product of water dissociation, the OH- anion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-272
Number of pages12
JournalIsrael Journal of Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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