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Adiabatic Photoreactions of Organic Molecules

Turro, Nicholas J and McVey, Jeffrey and Ramamurthy, V and Lechtken, Peter (1979) Adiabatic Photoreactions of Organic Molecules. In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English, 18 (8). pp. 572-586.

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An adiabatic photoreaction is a chemical process that occurs entirely on a single excited electronic energy surface. As a rule, most photoreactions of organic molecules start on an excited electronic surface but "jump" to a lower surface somewhere along the reaction coordinate. There are, however, exceptions to this general rule. For example, photoreactions involving small structural changes and minor alterations in covalent bonding (e.g., proton transfer and complex formation) are commonly found to occur adiabatically. The purpose of this review is to survey examples of more complicated adiabatic photoreactions such as fragmentation, electrocyclic rearrangements, and geometrical isomerizations. The concepts employed are presented in an introductory discussion.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Publisher: Verlag Chemie, GmbH, Germany
Additional Information: The copyright belongs to Verlag Chemie, GmbH, Germany
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/4304

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