Research Area C
Publications 2015

Die photochemische und biomimetische Synthese des Naturstoffes Intricaren ist erstmals im Labor gelungen. Mit Hilfe photophysikalischer Messungen und quantenchemischer Rechnungen konnte der komplexe und überraschende Mechanismus der photoinduzierten Reaktionskaskade über eine Reihe von Triplettzuständen aufgeklärt werden. Das genaue ... READ MORE

We demonstrate the importance of considering the shape of field-dressed molecular orbitals in interpreting angle-dependent measures of strong-field ionization from excited states. Our calculations of angle-dependent ionization for three homologous polyatomic molecules with very similar valence orbitals show that one has to take into ... READ MORE

Shaped laser pulses offer a powerful tool to manipulate molecular quantum systems. Their application to chemical reactions in solution is a promising concept to redesign chemical synthesis. Along this road, theoretical developments to include the solvent surrounding are necessary. An appropriate theoretical treatment is helpful to ... READ MORE

We investigate the photoinduced dynamics of perylene diimide dyads based on a donor–spacer–acceptor motif with polyyne spacers of varying length by pump–probe spectroscopy, time resolved fluorescence, chemical variation and quantum chemistry. While the dyads with pyridine based polyyne spacers undergo energy transfer with ... READ MORE

Natural products comprise a rich source for bioactive molecules with medicinal relevance. Many of these contain electrophilic scaffolds that bind conserved enzyme active sites covalently. Prominent examples include beta-lactams and beta-lactones, which specifically acylate serine residues in diverse peptidases. Although these scaffolds ... READ MORE

The ubiquitous occurrence of DNA damages renders its repair machinery a crucial requirement for the genomic stability and the survival of living organisms. Deficiencies in DNA repair can lead to carcinogenesis, Alzheimer, or Diabetes II, where increased amounts of oxidized DNA bases have been found in patients. Despite the highest ... READ MORE

In quantum chemistry methods to describe environmental effects on different levels of complexity are available in the common program packages. Electrostatic effects of a solvent for example can be included in an implicit or explicit way. For chemical reactions with large structural changes additional mechanical effects come into play. ... READ MORE

Polytwistane is an intriguing hydrocarbon nanorod that has not been experimentally realized to date. To facilitate its identification in complex reaction mixtures, the ¹H and ¹³C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of idealized polytwistane were calculated using two distinct quantum chemical approaches. In addition, the NMR spectra of related hydrocarbon ... READ MORE

An analytical method to calculate the molecular vibrational Hessian matrix at the self-consistent field level is presented. By analysis of the multipole expansions of the relevant derivatives of Coulomb-type two-electron integral contractions, we show that the effect of the perturbation on the electronic structure due to the ... READ MORE

The photo-induced formation of cis-syn-cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) is a highly mutagenic and cancerogenic DNA lesion. In bacteria photolyases can efficiently reverse the dimer formation employing a light-driven reaction after looping out the CPD damaged bases into the enzyme active site. The exact mechanism how the repair enzyme ... READ MORE

Secondary alkyllithium reagents bearing an OTBS group (TBS=tert-butyldimethylsilyl) at the 3-position can be prepared stereoconvergently through an I/Li exchange from a diastereomeric mixture of the corresponding secondary alkyl iodides. These lithium reagents react with a range of electrophiles, including carbon electrophiles, with retention of configuration to ... READ MORE

Alkylation of guanine at the O6 atom is a highly mutagenic DNA lesion because it alters the coding specificity of the base causing G:C to A:T transversion mutations. Specific DNA repair enzymes, e.g. O6-alkylguanin-DNA-Transferases (AGT), recognize and repair such damage after looping out the damaged base to transfer it into ... READ MORE

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