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Resolving the excited state relaxation dynamics of guanosine monomers and hydrogen-bonded homodimers in chloroform solution

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-492
Number of pages13
JournalChemical Physics
Early online date18 Jul 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 17 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2018
DatePublished (current) - 14 Nov 2018


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).

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