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Fun with photons, reactive intermediates, and friends. Skating on the edge of the paradigms of physical organic chemistry, organic supramolecular photochemistry, and spin chemistry.

Authors
  • Turro, Nicholas J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Organic Chemistry
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
Dec 16, 2011
Volume
76
Issue
24
Pages
9863–9890
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1021/jo201786a
PMID: 22074596
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This Perspective presents a review and survey of the science and philosophy of my research career over the past five decades at Columbia as a physical organic chemist and photochemist. I explore the role of paradigms, structure, and geometric thinking in my own cognitive and intellectual development. The Perspective describes my investigations of high energy content molecules in electronically excited states and the development of electronic spin and supramolecular photochemistry chemistry. Current research dealing with the nuclear spin chemistry of H(2) incarcerated in buckyballs is illustrated. In the second part of this Perspective, I recount a personal role of the philosophy and history of science and the scientific communities' use of paradigms in their every day research and intellectual activities. Examples are given of the crucial role of geometry and structure in the rapid development of organic chemistry and physical organic chemistry over the past century.

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