Martin J. Paterson

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—Thousands of fish are sacrificed each year to determine potential human exposure to mercury (Hg) from fish consumption. In this paper, we use lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis and northern pike Esox lucius to demonstrate that accurate and reliable measures of fish muscle Hg concentrations can be determined from small samples (,100 mg) harvested with(More)
Metformin (Metf), the most commonly used type 2 diabetes drug, is known to affect the cellular housekeeping of copper. Recently, we discovered that the structurally closely related propanediimidamide (PDI) shows a cellular behavior different from that of Metf. Here we investigate the binding of these compounds to copper, to compare their binding strength.(More)
We present a detailed CASSCF study of the mechanism of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in the o-hydroxyphenyl triazine class of photostabilizers. The valence-bond analysis of the ground state and the two pipi* excited states permits a simple chemical interpretation of the mechanistic information. Our results show that the barrier to(More)
The challenges of using modern theoretical and computational tools to model the unique features of the oxygen-organic molecule photosystem are discussed from a historical and pedagogical perspective. This review is written for the novice, but the problems formulated should stimulate the expert.
A combination of ultrafast time-resolved velocity map imaging (TR-VMI) methods and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) ab initio calculations are implemented to investigate the electronic excited-state dynamics in aniline (aminobenzene), with a perspective for modeling (1)πσ* mediated dynamics along the amino moiety in the purine derived(More)
We present a perspective on the computation and interpretation of force constants at points of symmetry-induced (Jahn-Teller) conical intersection. Our method is based upon the projection of the 'branching space' from the full (3N - 6)-dimensional Hessian for each component of a degenerate electronic state. For Jahn-Teller active molecules, this has the(More)
Porphycenes are structural isomers of porphyrins that have many unique properties and features. In the present work, the resonant two-photon absorption of 2,7,12,17-tetraphenylporphycene (TPPo) and its palladium(II) complex (PdTPPo) has been investigated. The data obtained are compared to those from the isomeric compound, meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP).(More)
A detailed study of the low-energy optical transitions in two families of star-shaped molecules is presented. Both families have 3-fold rotational symmetry with oligofluorene arms attached to a central core. In one family, the core of the molecule is a rigid meta-linked truxene, while the other is a meta-linked benzene moiety. The low-energy transitions(More)
Time-resolved photoelectron imaging was used to investigate the dynamical evolution of the initially prepared S(1) (ππ*) excited state of phenol (hydroxybenzene), catechol (1,2-dihydroxybenzene), resorcinol (1,3-dihydroxybenzene), and hydroquinone (1,4-dihydroxybenzene) following excitation at 267 nm. Our analysis was supported by ab initio calculations at(More)
The synthesis, photophysical, and anion-binding properties of a series of di-, tri-, and tetrapodal anion-binding hosts based on aminopyridinium units with pyrenyl reporter groups are described. The ditopic mesitylene-derived calix[4]arene-based host 4 binds strongly to dicarboxylates, particularly malonate, in a 2:1 anion:host ratio but is essentially(More)