Christopher J Abelt

Learn More
The synthesis and photophysical properties of 7-(dimethylamino)-3,4-dihydrophenanthren-1(2H)-one (7) and 3-(dimethylamino)-8,9,10,11-tetrahydro-7H-cyclohepta[a]naphthalen-7-one (8) are reported. These compounds possess a cycloalkanone substructure that controls the extent of twisting of the carbonyl group. The six-membered ring in 7 forces the carbonyl(More)
The synthesis and photophysical properties of 7-cyano-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,4-ethano-benzo[g]quinoline and 3,4-dihydro-2H-1,4-ethano-7-propionyl-benzo[g]quinoline are reported. These compounds possess a quinuclidine substructure that locks the tertiary amino group perpendicular to the naphthalene ring. Their excited states are models for the twisted excited(More)
We have synthesized a series of 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB, 2,2-diphenyl-1,3,2-oxazaborolidine) analogs and tested their ability to inhibit thrombin-induced Ca(2+) influx in human platelets. The analogs were either synthesized by adding various substituents to the oxazaborolidine ring (methyl, dimethyl, tert-butyl, phenyl, methyl phenyl, and(More)
The preparations of 1-(6-(dimethylamino)naphthalen-1-yl)propan-1-one (2,5-PRODAN, 2) and 7-(dimethylamino)-2,3-dihydrophenanthren-4(1H)-one 3 are described. The photophysical properties of these compounds are characterized and compared with those of PRODAN. Both compounds show solvatochromism that is similar in magnitude to PRODAN with a quantum yield that(More)
Derivatives of 2-propionyl-6-dimethylaminonaphthalene (PRODAN) with twisted carbonyl groups were investigated as highly responsive sensors of H-bond donating ability. The PRODAN derivative bearing a pivaloyl group (4) was prepared. The torsion angle between the carbonyl and naphthalene is 26° in the crystal. It shows solvatochromism that is similar to five(More)
The Rosés and Bosch model for preferential solvation is used to analyze the fluorescence behavior of two PRODAN derivatives in binary solvents with one or two protic components. The preferential solvation results suggest that the excited PRODAN derivatives form two H-bonds. The model allows for determining the characteristics of the singly H-bonded excited(More)
The local solvent acidities (SA scale) of six 6-carbonyl-2-aminonaphthalene derivatives as β-cyclodextrin complexes in water are determined through fluorescence quenching. The local polarities (E(T)(N) scale) are determined through the shift of the emission center-of-mass. The apparent SA values reflect the solvent structure surrounding the guest’s carbonyl(More)
The preparation of 5-bromo-2-naphthol (4) in three steps from 5-amino-2-naphthol (1) is described. A sulfonic acid group is introduced at the 1-position as an activating and protecting group for the Sandmeyer reaction. The sulfonate group allows for the use of only water and sulfuric acid as solvents. The sulfonic acid is introduced with three equivalents(More)
Two 5-acyl-2-dimethylaminonaphthalene derivatives, one with a propionyl group and the other with a fused cyclohexanone ring, are investigated as sensors of H-bond-donating ability in protic solvents of low solvent acidity. Their fluorescence is highly quenched in protic solvents, and the quenching order of magnitude is linearly related to the(More)
Thrombin increases intracellular free Ca ([Ca]i) in human platelets by 2 mechanisms: internal mobilization and the influx of Ca via store-operated Ca entry (SOCE). 2-Aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB) is an inhibitor of SOCE. In search for nonboron analogues of 2-APB, we identified a well-known compound, phenolphthalein, structurally related to 2-APB. Many(More)