Teja T Herzog

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Two hemithioindigo-hemistilbene (HTI) derivatives, designed to operate as structural switches in peptides, as well as two HTI peptides are characterized by ultrafast spectroscopy in the visible and the infrared. The two HTI switches follow the reaction scheme published for other HTI compounds with a picosecond excited state reaction (τ(1) ≈ 6 ps) and(More)
A wavelength and solvent dependent study of a photochromic indolylfulgide is presented. The ring-closure reaction is characterized using stationary and time-resolved spectroscopy with femtosecond time resolution. After excitation into the first excited singlet state (S(1)) the photoprocesses proceed on ultrafast timescales (0.3-0.45 ps) in both polar and(More)
A combined experimental and theoretical investigation of photoinduced Z/E isomerizations is presented. Unsubstituted Hemithioindigo is selected as a representative minimal model to unravel the reaction mechanism in the presence of heteroatoms on an atomic level. Time-resolved spectroscopy reveals multiexponential reaction dynamics on the few picoseconds(More)
In this paper we investigate the photochromic ring-opening reaction of 2,2-diphenyl-5,6-benzo(2H)chromene. In particular, we study the uncertainties and contradictions in various published reaction models using a combination of transient absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy with femtosecond time resolution. We propose a simplified reaction scheme which(More)
The dynamics of the ring-closure reaction of three different bis(thiophen-3-yl)maleimides are investigated using ultrafast spectroscopy in the visible range. The structures of the molecules differ with respect to substitution of the thiophene ring and the maleimide. The experiments reveal reaction kinetics which point to the population of an excited(More)
The importance of a backbone: The mechanism of formation of Dewar lesions has been investigated by using femtosecond IR spectroscopy and ab initio calculations of the exited state. The 4π electrocyclization is rather slow, occurs with an unusual high quantum yield, and--surprisingly--is controlled by the phosphate backbone.
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