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Predissociation of Chlorobenzene, beyond the pseudo-diatomic model
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Photochemistry and Molecular Science.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Photochemistry and Molecular Science.
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2008 (English)In: Chemical Physics Letters, ISSN 0009-2614, E-ISSN 1873-4448, Vol. 456, no 4-6, 123-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dissociation of chlorobenzene via the lowest singlet excited state has been investigated by means of pump-probe femtosecond spectroscopy and spin-orbit corrected ab initio quantum chemistry. We have found that the so far accepted model with a (1)pi pi* -> (3)pi/n sigma* reaction mechanism has to be amended. We suggest that the mechanism goes via a transition from (1)pi pi* to a pi sigma* state that is to 90% a singlet. Further, three nuclear degrees of freedom required to describe the dissociation have been defined.

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2008. Vol. 456, no 4-6, 123-126 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96972DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2008.03.030ISI: 000255555400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96972DiVA: diva2:171725
Available from: 2008-04-02 Created: 2008-04-02 Last updated: 2013-04-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Photochemistry of Phenyl Halides
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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We have studied fundamental aspects of photo-induced dissociation kinetics and dynamics in several phenyl halides. By combining femtosecond pump-probe measurements with ab initio calculations we are able to account for several observations. In mixed phenyl halides, the dissociation kinetics is found to be dependent on the nature, the number, and the position of the substituents, and also on the excitation wavelength. A surprisingly large reduction in the dissociation time constant, compared to that of bromobenzene (~30 ps), is observed when having two or more fluorine atoms. For example, in bromopentafluorobenzene a subpicosecond time constant is obtained. This can be explained by a significant lowering of the repulsive potential energy curves (PEC) along the C-Br bond. However, several of the experimental results cannot be accounted for by one-dimensional PECs. Therefore, we suggest a refined model for the dissociation, in which the excited states of the same spin multiplicity are coupled by employing multidimensional potential energy surfaces. This model has been explicitly evaluated by quantum dynamics simulations in the case of 3-BrFPh, and it seems to be capable of capturing the main features in the measured kinetics. Thereby we are also able to clarify the role of spin-orbit coupling in these molecules.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008. 57 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 417
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Chemistry, Photochemistry, Predissociation, Phenyl halides, Excited states, Substituent effects, Pump-probe spectroscopy, Molecular beam, Dynamics, Kemi
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Chemical Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8602 (URN)978-91-554-7146-0 (ISBN)
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2008-04-24, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2008-04-02 Created: 2008-04-02 Last updated: 2011-03-14Bibliographically approved

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