Excited-state proton transfer of protonated 1-aminopyrene complexed with β-cyclodextrin

John E. Hansen, Ehud Pines, Graham R. Fleming

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Excited-state proton transfer in inclusion complexes of 1-aminopyrene and α-naphthol with cyclodextrins was studied by time-resolved spectroscopy. We find that the kinetic studies are much more sensitive to the complexation than are steady-state spectroscopic measurements. Our data suggest two distinct binding orientations for 1-aminopyrene bound to β-cyclodextrin. The rate of proton transfer is increased by a factor of 2-3 compared to pure water with the inclusion complex resembling a water-ethanol mixture near the 75% by volume alcohol composition. Deuteration enhances the dissociation rate by a factor of 3.5 in both 80% (by volume) ethanol water mixtures and ion the complex with β-cyclodextrin. In the case of α-naphthol the rate of proton transfer slows considerably in the inclusion complex and has the rate expected for an 80% by volume ethanol-water mixture. We suggest that the water near the cavity rim of β-cyclodextrin is modified by the extensive network of OH groups in such a way as to increase its basicity. Similar effects may occur in enzymic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6904-6910
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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