Department of Chemistry
University of Texas Austin

Suitably arranged molecular components can be used to probe fundamental photochemical principles and to discover new functions and applications of photochemistry. A paper, presented at the 13th IUPAC Symposium on Organic Photochemistry in Coventry, England, in July, considers systems made of covalently linked components, ion pairs, host-guest interactions, and caged complexes.

V. Balzani, L. De Cola, L. Prodi, F. Scandola, "Photochemistry of supramolecular species," Pure and Applied Chemistry, 62, 1457-66, August 1990. (University of Bologna, Italy; University of Ferrara, Italy)

A metalloantibody with a coordinating site for metals inside the antigen binding pocket can model the Zn(II) binding site of carbonic anhydrase B. The intriguing suggestion that metal cofactors in immunoglobins can facilitate antibody catalysis of redox and hydrolytic reactions is offered.

B.L. Iverson, S.A. Iverson, V.A. Roberts, E.D. Getzoff, et al., "Metalloantibodies," Science, 249, 659-62, 10 August 1990. (Research Institute of Scripps...

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