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Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy

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Volume 19 |Article ID 092415 |

T. Fournier, G. D. Scholes, I. R. Gould, S. M. Tavender, D. Phillips, A. W. Parker, "Triplet 1-Nitronaphthalene and Competitive Energy and Electron Transfer Reactions With Trans-Stilbene", Laser Chemistry, vol. 19, Article ID 092415, 5 pages, 1999.

Triplet 1-Nitronaphthalene and Competitive Energy and Electron Transfer Reactions With Trans-Stilbene

Received04 May 1997


A time resolved resonance Raman (TR3) study of 1-nitronaphthalene (1NN) first triplet excited state in various solvents is combined with ab initio calculations to determine the nature and the geometry of this state in environments of different polarity. A transient absorption and TR3 study of the reactions of triplet 1NN with trans-stilbene (tS) in solution in both non-polar and polar solvents is reported. In polar solution, 31NN acts as an electron acceptor whereas in non-polar solution only energy transfer to tS is observed. Moreover, at high concentrations of tS, the radical cation tS+ reacts with ground-state tS to form a dimer radical cation (tS2)+. Differences between the Raman spectra of the monomeric and the dimeric radical cations are reported in the 1500–1650 cm-1 region. The switch from energy to electron transfer when going from nonpolar to polar solutions is discussed in terms of the Marcus-Hush theory of electron transfer.

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