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Photochemically Generated Thiyl Free Radicals Observed by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Photochemically Generated Thiyl Free Radicals Observed by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
Kei Goto, Graham N. George, Mark J. Hackett, Eileen Y. Sneeden, Eric Block, Monica Barney, Ingrid J. Pickering, Julien J. H. Cotelesage, Roger C. Prince
Sulfur-based thiyl radicals are known to be involved in a wide range of chemical and biological processes, but they are often highly reactive, which makes them difficult to observe directly. We report herein X-ray absorption spectra and analysis that support the direct observation of two different thiyl species generated photochemically by X-ray irradiation. The thiyl radical sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectra of both species are characterized by a uniquely low energy transition at about 2465 eV, which occurs at a lower energy than any previously observed feature at the sulfur K-edge and corresponds to a 1s→3p transition to the singly occupied molecular orbital of the free radical. Our results constitute the first observation of substantial levels of thiyl radicals generated by X-ray irradiation and detected by sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b05116

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b05116

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