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Laser Chemistry
Volume 11 (1991), Issue 2, Pages 83-93

Multiphoton Ionization of Nitrobenzene in Non-Aqueous Solutions: Characterization of the Cation and Ion-Molecule Chemistry

1Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth College, Hanover 03755, NH, USA
2Department of Chemistry, Scripps Institute of Medical Research, La Jolla, CA, USA

Received 8 January 1991; Accepted 25 March 1991

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The phenoxy cation has been generated in polar and nonpolar solutions by multiphoton ionization of nitrobenzene using nanosecond pulses of 266 nm and 355 nm light. The ions have been characterized by pulsed conductivity (ion mobility) measurements and transient absorption spectroscopy. The involvement of the phenoxy ion in ion-molecule chemistry with either neutral solute or solvent molecules has also been observed and the photochemical products and quantum yields of the ion-molecule products are presented and compared with the neutral photochemistry results.