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Dinitrogen release from arylpentazole: A picosecond time-resolved infrared, spectroelectrochemical, and DFT computational study

Portius, P., Davis, M., Campbell, R., Hartl, F., Zeng, Q., Meijer, A.J.H.M. and Towrie, M. (2013) Dinitrogen release from arylpentazole: A picosecond time-resolved infrared, spectroelectrochemical, and DFT computational study. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 117 (48). pp. 12759-12769. ISSN 1089-5639

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1021/jp4077454

Abstract/Summary

p-(Dimethylamino)phenyl pentazole, DMAP-N5 (DMAP = Me2N−C6H4), was characterized by picosecond transient infrared spectroscopy and infrared spectroelectrochemistry. Femtosecond laser excitation at 310 or 330 nm produces the DMAP-N5 (S1) excited state, part of which returns to the ground state (τ = 82 ± 4 ps), while DMAP-N and DMAP-N3 (S0) are generated as double and single N2-loss photoproducts with η ≈ 0.14. The lifetime of DMAP-N5 (S1) is temperature and solvent dependent. [DMAP-N3]+ is produced from DMAP-N5 in a quasireversible, one-electron oxidation process (E1/2 = +0.67 V). Control experiments with DMAP-N3 support the findings. DFT B3LYP/6-311G** calculations were used to identify DMAP-N5 (S1), DMAP-N3 +, and DMAP-N in the infrared spectra. Both DMAP-N5 (S1) and [DMAP-N5]+ have a weakened N5 ring structure.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:35629
Publisher:American Chemical Society

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