# BIPROTONIC PHOTOTAUTOMERISM IN 7-AZAINDOLE HYDROGEN BONDED DIMERS

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 Title: BIPROTONIC PHOTOTAUTOMERISM IN 7-AZAINDOLE HYDROGEN BONDED DIMERS Creators: Ingham, Kenneth C.; Abu-Elgheitt, M.; El-Bayoumi, M. Ashraf Issue Date: 1970 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: 7-Azaindole forms doubly-hydrogen bonded dimers in saturated hydrocarbon solutions. These solutions exhibit two fluorescence bands in the near ultraviolet. In addition to the normal violet fluorescence of 7-azaindole $F_{1} (\lambda_{\max}\sim 3300$ \AA), a green fluorescence $F_{2}$ appears prominently ($\lambda{\max}\sim 4750$ {\AA}). This green fluorescence is interpreted as arising from a tautometric form of the dimer in which two protons have been transferred during the lifetime of the excited state of the dimer. The relative intensities of $F_{2}$ and $F_{4}$ have been examined as a function of temperature, exciting wavelength and concentration. Effect of deuteration of the pyrrolic hydrogen on luminescence is investigated. The luminescence properties of N-methyl-7-azaindole and other related derivatives were compared with that of 7-azaindole. These studies confirm our interpretation of excited-state two-proton tautomerism in 7-azaindole hydrogen-bonded dimer. Description: Author Institution: Biophysics Department, Michigan States University URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/8498 Other Identifiers: 1970-P-3