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An in situ time-dependent study of the photodimerisation of chloro-derivatives of trans-cinnamic acid using infrared microspectroscopy with a synchrotron radiation source

Atkinson, S.D.M., Almond, M.J., Hibble, S.J., Hollins, P., Jenkins, S.L., Tobin, M.J. and Wiltshire, K.S. (2004) An in situ time-dependent study of the photodimerisation of chloro-derivatives of trans-cinnamic acid using infrared microspectroscopy with a synchrotron radiation source. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 6 (1). pp. 4-6. ISSN 1463-9076

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1039/b313306k

Abstract/Summary

The photodimerisation of single crystals of substituted cinnamic acid has been monitored continuously by infrared microscopy using a synchrotron source. The beta-form of 2,4-dichloro-trans-cinnamic acid dimerises under ultraviolet irradiation to form the corresponding beta-truxinic acid derivative in a reaction which follows strictly first order kinetics. By contrast the corresponding reactions in single crystals of beta-2-chloro-trans-cinnamic acid and beta-4-chloro-trans-cinnamic acid deviate somewhat from first order kinetics as a result of solid-state effects. In all three cases the reactions proceed smoothly from monomer to dimer with no hint of any reaction intermediate.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:10973
Uncontrolled Keywords:VIBRATIONAL MICROSPECTROSCOPY, SINGLE-CRYSTALS, PHOTOCHEMISTRY, TOPOCHEMISTRY
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry

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