Ming Wah Wong

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Diallyl trisulfide (DATS) reacts rapidly with glutathione (GSH) to release H2S through thiol-disulfide exchange followed by allyl perthiol reduction by GSH. Yet diallyl disulfide (DADS) only releases a minute amount of H2S via a sluggish reaction with GSH through an α-carbon nucleophilic substitution pathway. The results clarify the misunderstanding of DADS(More)
The monoammoniate of calcium amidoborane, Ca(NH(2)BH(3))(2)·NH(3), was synthesized by ball milling an equimolar mixture of CaNH and AB. Its crystal structure has been determined and was found to contain a dihydrogen-bonded network. Thermal decomposition under an open-system begins with the evolution of about 1 equivalent/formula unit (equiv.) of NH(3) at(More)
Magnesium amidoborane monoammoniate (Mg(NH(2)BH(3))(2) x NH(3)) which crystallizes in a monoclinic structure (space group P2(1)/a) has been synthesized by reacting MgNH with NH(3)BH(3). Dihydrogen bonds are established between coordinated NH(3) and BH(3) of [NH(2)BH(3)](-) in the structure, promoting stoichiometric conversion of NH(3) to H(2).
A new type of chiral β-amino acid catalyst has been computationally designed, mimicking the enzyme catalysis of serine proteases. Our catalyst approach is based on the bioinspired catalytic acid/base dyad, namely, a carboxyl and imidazole pair. DFT calculations predict that this designed organocatalyst catalyzes Michael additions of aldehydes to(More)
The fluorogenic indicator 2-[6-(4'-amino)phenoxy-3H-xanthen-3-on-9-yl]benzoic acid (APF) is used widely to detect and measure reactive nitrogen and oxygen species such as peroxynitrite, ONOO-, both in vivo and in vitro. We present in this work the results of a combined computational and experimental study to provide insights into the mechanism of the(More)
Oxyanion holes are commonly found in many enzyme structures. They are crucial for the stabilization of high-energy oxyanion intermediates or transition states through hydrogen bonding. Typical functionalities found in enzyme oxyanion holes or chemically designed oxyanion-hole mimics are N-H and O-H groups. Through DFT calculations, we show that asymmetric(More)
The structures of a large number of isomers of the sulfur oxides S(n)O with n = 4-9 have been calculated at the G3X(MP2) level of theory. In most cases, homocyclic molecules with exocyclic oxygen atoms in an axial position are the global minimum structures. Perfect agreement is obtained with experimentally determined structures of S(7)O and S(8)O. The most(More)
The relative binding affinities of several anions towards 2-nitroazophenol thiourea-based receptors were studied using density functional theory (DFT) in the gas phase and in chloroform solvent via PCM calculations. Both receptors have five distinctive NH and OH hydrogen donor atoms. All receptor-anion complexes are characterized by five intermolecular(More)
Zinc chemicals are used as activators in the vulcanization of organic polymers with sulfur to produce elastic rubbers. In this work, the reactions of Zn(2+), ZnMe(2), Zn(OMe)(2), Zn(OOCMe)(2), and the heterocubane cluster Zn(4)O(4) with the vulcanization accelerator tetramethylthiuram disulfide (TMTD) and with the related radicals and anions Me(2)NCS(2)(*),(More)