Photofragmentation Dynamics in Solution Probed by Transient IR Absorption Spectroscopy: πσ*-Mediated Bond Cleavage in p-Methylthiophenol and p-Methylthioanisole

Daniel Murdock, Stephanie J. Harris, Tolga N. V. Karsili, Gregory M. Greetham, Ian P. Clark, Michael Towrie, Andrew J. Orr-Ewing, Michael N. R. Ashfold*

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The 267 nm photodissociation dynamics of p-methylthiophenol (p-MePhSH) and p-methylthioanisole (p-MePhSMe) dissolved in CD3CN have been probed by subpicosecond time-resolved broadband infrared spectroscopy. Prompt (tau <1 ps) S-H bond fission in p-MePhSH is confirmed by monitoring the time-evolution of the parent (S-0) bleach and the transient absorption of the p-MePhS products. Vibrational relaxation of the latter occurs on a similar to 8.5 ps time scale, and similar to 40% of the total radical population undergoes geminate recombination over a similar to 150 ps time scale, yielding (mainly) the p-MePhSH(S-0) parent. S-Me bond fission following photoexcitation to the S-1 state of p-MePhSMe occurs over a much longer timescale, with a rate that is very dependent on the degree of vibrational excitation within S-1. The various findings are compared and contrasted with results from complementary gas-phase photofragmentation studies of both molecules, which are shown to provide a valuable starting point for describing the solution-phase dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3715-3720
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2012



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