Chemistry and Physics Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures

Event Name/Location

American Chemistry Society Spring 2021 Conference / Virtual

Presentation Date

Spring 4-5-2021

Document Type



The protonation of methyl phenyl porphyrin isomers was studied through UV vis spectroscopy using trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), a strong organic acid. Protonation was achieved by titration of the porphyrin in toluene and toluene/methanol (90:10). A wavelength shift from the free base Soret to the protonated Soret confirms the formation of the dication. The resulting UV spectra was used to calculate an apparent pKa value of each free base porphyrin isomer. Addition of methanol to the porphyrin solution decreased the average pKa values of the Soret and Q-bands for each porphyrin. This could be an indication of a stabilizing monocation, not easily seen in solution.