Hirohiko Houjou

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Although 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine (HPIP) is only weakly fluorescent in solution, two of its crystal polymorphs in which molecules are packed as stacked pairs and in nearly coplanar conformation exhibit bright excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) luminescence of different colors (blue-green and yellow). In order to clarify(More)
We synthesized two constitutionally isomeric bis(iminomethyl)-2,6-dihydroxynaphthalenes, namely, α,α-diimines 1 and β,β-diimines 2, which can be formally represented as fused salicylaldimines with resonance-assisted hydrogen-bonding sites. Spectroscopic data show that the OH/OH, NH/OH, and NH/NH forms of 1 were in equilibrium in solution and that the(More)
The intermolecular interaction energy of the model system of the water-crownophane complex was analyzed. The water molecule has four hydrogen bonds, with the two hydrogen-donating phenolic hydroxy groups and two hydrogen-accepting oxygen atoms of the poly-oxyethylene chain of the crownophane in the complex. The MP2/6-311G(2d,2p) level calculations of the(More)
Interaction force of chitin-binding domains (ChBD1 and ChBD2) from a thermostable chitinase onto chitin surface was directly measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in a buffer solution. In the force curve measurement, multiple pull-off events were observed for the AFM tips functionalized with either ChBD1 or ChBD2, whereas the AFM tips terminated with(More)
We prepared and characterized a series of mono- and dicarbaldehydes of 2,6-dihydroxynaphthalene that bear potential resonance-assisted hydrogen bonding (RAHB) unit(s). X-ray crystal structures of selected compounds revealed that each salicylaldehyde moiety forms an intramolecular hydrogen bond and that the introduction of formyl groups into either the(More)
Here we improved our hybrid QM/MM methodology (Houjou et al. J Phys Chem B 2001, 105, 867) for evaluating the absorption maxima of photoreceptor proteins. The renewed method was applied to evaluation of the absorption maxima of several retinal proteins and photoactive yellow protein. The calculated absorption maxima were in good agreement with the(More)
We studied the photoproducts of 1-(n-phenanthryl)-2-(m-phenanthryl)ethenes (nEm; n, m = 1, 3 and 9) for understanding photocyclization patterns based on NMR spectroscopy. The crystal structures of the photoproducts were analyzed by X-ray crystallography, and the photophysical features of the photocyclized molecules were investigated based on emission and(More)
A series of 2,6-dihydroxynaphthalene-1-methylidene alkylamines whose alkyl chain lengths ranged from 9 to 12 was spectroscopically examined. Transmission ultraviolet-visible absorption microspectroscopy revealed that the spectra of solid thin-films of the crystalline samples showed two distinct profiles depending on polymorphs as well as on alkyl chain(More)
Heterodinuclear complexes of a fully pi-conjugated salphen ligand were efficiently synthesized with arbitrary combinations of Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II). The UV-vis spectra of the heterodinuclear complexes were approximately represented by a simple average of the spectra of the corresponding homodinuclear complexes. Systematic analysis of the spectra(More)
We have formulated a procedure for evaluating the anisotropic stiffness of a molecular assembly. First, we show how to reduce the dimensions of the matrices that appear in a conventional Hessian analysis of mass-weighted coordination by using a 12-dimensional transverse-rotational basis set for expansion. This treatment yields matrix representations of the(More)