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Title

Site-specific hydrogen-atom elimination in photoexcited ethyl radical

AuthorsChicharro, D. V.; Marggi-Poullain, S.; Zanchet, Alexandre ; Bouallagui, A.; García Vela, Alberto ; Senent, María Luisa ; Rubio-Lago, L.; Bañares, Luis
Issue Date22-May-2019
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry (UK)
CitationChemical Science 10: 6494-6502 (2019)
AbstractThe photochemistry of the ethyl radical following excitation to the 3p Rydberg state is investigated in a joint experimental and theoretical study. Velocity map images for hydrogen atoms detected from photoexcited isotopologues CH3CH2, CH3CD2 and CD3CH2 at 201 nm, are discussed along with high-level ab initio electronic structure calculations of potential energy curves and non-adiabatic coupling matrix elements (NACME). A novel mechanism governed by a conical intersection allowing prompt site-specific hydrogen-atom elimination is presented and discussed. For this mechanism to occur, an initial rovibrational excitation is allocated to the radical permitting to access this reaction pathway and thus to control the ethyl photochemistry. While hydrogen-atom elimination from cold ethyl radicals occurs through internal conversion into lower electronic states followed by slow statistical dissociation, prompt site-specific Ca elimination into CH3CH + H, occurring through a fast non-adiabatic crossing to a valence bound state followed by dissociation through a conical intersection, is accessed by means of an initial ro-vibrational energy content into the radical. The role of a particularly effective vibrational promoting mode in this prompt photochemical reaction pathway is discussed.
Description9 pags., 4 figs., 1 tab. -- Open Access funded by Creative Commons Atribution Licence 4.0
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9sc02140j
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/208152
DOI10.1039/c9sc02140j
Identifiersdoi: 10.1039/c9sc02140j
issn: 2041-6520
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