Femtosecond fluorescence upconversion studies of excited-state proton-transfer dynamics in 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole (HBO) in liquid solution and DNA

H. Wang, H. Zhang, O. K. Abou-Zied, C. Yu, F. E. Romesberg, M. Glasbeek*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

128 Citations (Scopus)


A femtosecond fluorescence upconversion study is reported for HBO in solution, as well as for HBO incorporated in DNA. The typical time for the excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer reaction of the syn-enol tautomer in solution and in DNA has been determined to be 150 fs. In addition, the lifetimes of the keto, the anti-enol and the 'solvated enol' tautomer forms were determined in protic solvents, aprotic solvents and DNA. Picosecond rise and decay components in the fluorescence transients with characteristic times between 3 and 25 ps are also observed and attributed to the effects of vibrational cooling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-608
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Cite this