I. Synthesis, isolation, and characterization of 1-(2-anthryl)-2-cyclopropylethylene and 1-(2-naphthyl)-2-cyclopropylethylene. II. Titanium dioxide photocatalysis of haloethers: A mechanistic study
I. The target molecules are classified as 1-aryl 2-cyclopropyl substituted ethylene. In the ground state, these molecules have a number of conformers, which are in equilibrium through rotation about single bonds. Once excited, the conformers have fixed conformation and are no longer in equilibrium and can be distinguished by their UV-vis as well as fluorescence spectra. The synthetic strategy involves standard steps. Both 2-methylanthracene and 2-methylnaphthalene were brominated using N-bromosuccinimide to give the bromomethyl adduct, which then was reacted with triphenylphosphine to form the phosphonium salt. This was followed by the formation of the phosphorus ylide, which upon treatment with cyclopropanecarboxaldehyde gave the product. II. The degradation of three aliphatic haloethers: bis-(2-chloroethyl) ether, bis-(2-chloroisopropyl) ether, and bis-(2-chloroethoxy)methane and two aromatic haloethers: 4-chlorodiphenyl ether and 4-bromodiphenyl ether was studied. Product studies have been conducted on the titanium dioxide photocatalysis of these compounds including mass balance, monitoring and identifying intermediates to establish the reaction pathways to deduce a mechanism for their degradation. The extent of mineralization was determined from the measurement of halogen anion (Cl$\sp-$/Br$\sp-$) as well as total organic carbon. The relative rates of disappearance of the individual haloethers appear to be related to the hydrophobic character of the given compound. Reaction mechanisms involving hydroxyl radical are proposed to explain the observed results.
Mabjish, Sary R, "I. Synthesis, isolation, and characterization of 1-(2-anthryl)-2-cyclopropylethylene and 1-(2-naphthyl)-2-cyclopropylethylene. II. Titanium dioxide photocatalysis of haloethers: A mechanistic study" (1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1388773.