Photochemical synthesis of medium-ring azalactams from N-(aminoalkyl)-2-stilbenecarboxamides

Frederick D. Lewis*, Steven G. Kultgen

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The photochemical reactions of several N-(aminoalkyl)-2-stilbenecarboxamides have been investigated. The amine groups quench the stilbenecarboxamide fluorescence intensity, presumably via intramolecular electron transfer. The relatively low quenching efficiencies and the absence of intramolecular exciplex formation are attributed to the molecular structure which prevents effective overlap between the stilbene and amine chromophores. The secondary amines are observed to undergo regioselective intramolecular addition to afford 9-or 10-ring azalactams in 25-43% isolated yield. The dependence of both fluorescence quenching and adduct formation upon molecular structure are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 31 1998


  • Azalactams
  • N-(aminoalkyl)-2-stilbenecarboxamides
  • Photochemical synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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