Burkhard O. Jahn

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By utilizing click chemistry and methylation, the triazolium motif was employed to design tridentate "ligands" that bind by electron acception instead of electron donation. As electronically inverted ligands they are able to complex sulfate ions by hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions. The formation of mono- or bis-tridentate complexes could be(More)
The first hydrogenation step of benzene, which is endergonic in the electronic ground state (S0), becomes exergonic in the first triplet state (T1). This is in line with Baird's rule, which tells that benzene is antiaromatic and destabilized in its T1 state and also in its first singlet excited state (S1), opposite to S0, where it is aromatic and remarkably(More)
[3+2]-cycloaddition reactions of aromatic azides and silylated alkynes in aqueous media yield 1,5-disubstituted-4-(trimethyl-silyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazoles. The formation of the 1,5-isomer is highly favored in this metal-free cycloaddition, which could be proven by 1D selective NOESY and X-ray investigations. Additionally, DFT calculations corroborate the(More)
The aim of our present investigation is to unravel the general mode of biomimetic activation of a wide variety of cumulenes by carbonic anhydrase (CA) models. Carbonic anhydrases allow the specific recognition, activation and transfer not only of CO2 but also of heteroallenes X=C=Y such as the polar or polarizable examples COS, CS2, H2CCO, and RNCS.(More)
Based upon our preceding studies of the hydration of CO(2), COS and CS(2), accelerated by the carbonic anhydrase (CA) using simplified [ZnL(3)OH](+) complexes as model catalysts, we calculated the hydration mechanisms of both the uncatalyzed and the [ZnL(3)OH](+)-catalyzed reactions (L = NH(3)) of isothiocyanates RNCS on the B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level of(More)
The electron-accepting ability of 6,6-dicyanopentafulvenes (DCFs) can be varied extensively through substitution on the five-membered ring. The reduction potentials for a set of 2,3,4,5-tetraphenyl-substituted DCFs, with varying substituents at the para-position of the phenyl rings, strongly correlate with their Hammett σp-parameters. By combining cyclic(More)
A series of tentative single-molecule conductance switches which could be triggered by light were examined by computational means using density functional theory (DFT) with non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF). The switches exploit the reversal in electron counting rules for aromaticity and antiaromaticity upon excitation from the electronic ground(More)
We present theoretical results on molecular structures for realistic spin-pump applications. Taking advantage of the electron spin resonance concept, we find that interesting candidates constitute triplet biradicals with two strongly spatially and energetically separated singly occupied molecular orbitals (SOMOs). Building on earlier reported stable(More)
On the basis of detailed theoretical studies of the mode of action of carbonic anhydrase (CA) and models resembling only its reactive core, a complete computational pathway analysis of the reaction between several isothiocyanates and methyl mercaptan activated by a thiolate-bearing model complex [Zn(NH(3))(3)SMe](+) was performed at a high level of density(More)
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