Waldemar Adam


Professor Emeritus

Office: FB-110
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 2417
E-mail: wadam@chemie.uni-wuerzburg.de
External Website: http://www-organik.chemie.uni-wuerzburg.de/ak_adam/


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1961)
Advisor: Dr. Frederick D. Greene

Postdoc at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1962)
Advisor: Dr. Rudolf Criegee

Research interests

High energy molecules (dioxiranes, dioxetanes), chemi- and bioluminescence, photochemistry, laser chemistry, cyclic peroxides, singlet oxygen, oxygen transfer, azoalkanes, diradicals, cycloadditions, biomedical applications

Research focus

As a retiree I have no research laboratory or active research projects; I collaborate with other scientists.

Selected publications

990. Sivaguru, J.; Poon, T.; Hooper, C.; Saito, H.; Solomon, M.; Jockusch., S. Adam, W.; Inoue, Y.; Turro, N. J. "A Comparative Mechanistic Analysis of the Stereoselectivity Trends Observed in the Oxidation of Chiral Oxazolidinone-Functionalized Enecarbamates by Singlet Oxygen, Ozone and Triazolinedione", Tetrahedron, 2006, 62, 10647-10659.

991. Aubry, J.-M.; Adam, W.; Alsters, P.L.; Borde, C.; Queste, S.; Marko, J.; Nardello, V. "Dark Singlet Oxygenation of Organic Substrates in Single-Phase and Multiphase Microemulsion Systems", Tetrahedron, 2006, 62, 10753-10761.

992. Moscatelli, A.; Ottaviani, M. F.; Adam, W.; Buchachenko, A.; Jockusch, S.; Turro, N. J. "Interactions between Molecular Oxygen and Nitroxide Radicals: A Search for a Reversible Complex.", Helv. Chim. Acta, 2006, 89, 2441-2449.

993. Saito, H.; Sivaguru, J.; Jockush, S.; Dyer, J.; Inoue, Y.; Adam, W.; Turro, N. J. "Controlled Diastereoselectivity at the Alkene Geometry Through Selective Encapsulation: E-Z Photoisomerization of Oxazolidinone-Functionalized Enecarbamates within Hydrophobic Nano Cavities", Chem. Comm. 2007, 819-821.

994. Sajimon, M. C.; Ramaiah, D.; Suresh, C. H.; Adam, W.; Lewis, F. D.; George, M. V. "Photochromic Dibenzobarrelenes: Long-Lived Triplet Biradical Intermediates", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 9439-9445.

995. Adam, W. ; Gogonas, E. P.; Nyxas, I. A.; Hadjiarapoglou, L.P. "[3+2] Cycloaddition of Phenyliodonium Bis(arylsulfonyl)methylides with α,β Enones", Synthesis, 2007, 3211-3218.

996. Adam, W.; Zhao, C.-G.; Jakka, K. "Dioxirane Oxidations of Allenes, Alkynes and Arenes, Heteroatom Substrates, Alkanes and Silanes, and Organometallic Compounds", Org. React., 2007, 69, 1-346.

997. Sivaguru, J.; Solomon, M.; Poon, T.; Jockusch, S.; Bosio, S. G.; Adam, W.; Turro, N. J. "The Reaction of Singlet Oxygen with Chiral Enecarbamates: A Mechanistic Playground for Investigating Chemoselectivity, Stereoselectivity and Selective Vibratioselectivity of Photooxidations", Acc. Chem. Res., 2008, 41, 387- 400.

998. Solomon, M. R.; Sivaguru, J.; Jockusch, S.; Adam, W.; Turro, N. J. "Vibrational Deactivation of Singlet Oxygen: Does it Play a Role in Stereselectivity during Photooxygenation?" Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2008, 7, 531 – 533.

999. Alsters, P.L.;Witte, P.T.; Neumann, R.; Rozner, D.S.; Adam, W.; Zhang, R.; Reedijk, J.; Gamez, P.; ten Elshof, J.T.; Chowdhury, S.R.
 "Fine-Tuning and Recycling of Homogeneous Tungstate and Polytungstate Epoxidation Catalysts
in Mechanisms in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Epoxidation Catalysis", Oyama S. T.,Ed.; Elsevier B.V.: Amsterdam 2008; Chap. 16, pp. 415-428.

1000.   Adam, W.; Zhao, C.-G.;  Saha-Moeller, C. R.; Jakka, K. “Oxidation of  Organic Compounds by Dioxiranes“; Denmark, S. E., Ed.; John Wiley &   Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, New Jersey, 2009 (670 pages).

1001.   Kilic, H.; Adam, W.; Alsters, P. L. Effect of Additives on Chemoselectivity and Diastereoselectivity in the Catalytic Epoxidation of Chiral Allylic Alcohols with Hydrogen Peroxide and Binuclear Manganese Complexes“; J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74 , 1135-1140.

1002.   Solomon, M. R.; Sivaguru, J.; Jokusch, S.; Adam, W.; Turro, N.J. “Physical and Chemical Quenching Rates and their Influence on the Stereoselective Photooxygenation of Oxazolidinone-Functionalized Enecarbamates”, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2009, 8, 912-915.

1003.   Solomon, M. R.; Saito , H.; Sivaguru, J.; Jokusch, S.; Inoue, Y.; Adam, W.; Turro, N.J. Isolation and syn Elimination of a Peterson Adduct to Obtain Optically Pure Product in the Diastereoselective Synthesis of Oxazolidinone-Functionalized Enecarbamates”, Lett. Org. Chem., 2009, 6, 362-366.

1004.  Valentín, E. M.; Montes, I.; Adam, W. “Counterion  Effects in the Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of the Acetate Ion with Alkyl Bromides in the Synthesis of Esters”, J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86, 1315-1318.

1005. Ovchinnikov, M. Y.; Khursan, S. L.; Kazakov, D. V.; Adam, W. “The Theoretical Trajectory for the Chloride-Ion-Induced Generation of Singlet Oxygen in the Decomposition of Dimethyldioxirane”, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem. 2010, 210, 100 –107.

1006. Solomon, M. R.; Sivaguru, J.; Jockusch, S.; Adam, W.; Turro, N. “Decoding Stereocontrol During the Photooxygenation of Oxazolidinone-Functionalized Enecarbamates, Org. Lett., 2010, 12, 2142 – 2145.