The relaxation pathways of silyl-modified guanosine nucleoside monomers (G) and double-hydrogen-bonded homodimers (GG1) are compared in chloroform solution after 260-nm ultraviolet excitation. Transient absorption spectra support two previously reported relaxation pathways for the monomer with time constants of 210 ± 20 fs and 2.6 ± 0.1 ps. These pathways are associated with bifurcated approach to a seam of conical intersections between the excited 1ππ* 1La state and the ground electronic state. In the homodimer, an increase in the larger time constant to 18 ± 2 ps is attributed to slower passage through the minimum energy region of the 1ππ* state. A further time constant of 70 ± 10 fs indicates wavepacket evolution out of the 1ππ* state Franck-Condon region. A slow component of recovery of ground-state GG1 is proposed to result either from relaxation of the product of inter-base electron-driven proton transfer, or from the lowest triplet state (3ππ*, T1).
Ingle, R., Roberts, G., Roettger, K., Marroux, H., Sönnichsen, F., Yang, M., Szyc, Ł., Harabuchi, Y., Maeda, S., Temps, F., & Orr-Ewing, A. (2018). Resolving the excited state relaxation dynamics of guanosine monomers and hydrogen-bonded homodimers in chloroform solution. Chemical Physics, 515, 480-492. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemphys.2018.07.014