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Influence of Solvent Relaxation on Ultrafast Excited-State Proton Transfer to Solvent

Influence of Solvent Relaxation on Ultrafast Excited-State Proton Transfer to Solvent
Arnulf Rosspeintner, Eric Vauthey, Bogdan Dereka, Tatu Kumpulainen
A thorough understanding of the microscopic mechanism of excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) and the influence of the solvent environment on its dynamics are of great fundamental interest. We present here a detailed investigation of an ESPT to solvent (DMSO) using time-resolved broadband fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopies. All excited-state species are resolved spectrally and kinetically using a global target analysis based on the two-step Eigen-Weller model. Reversibility of the initial short-range proton transfer producing excited contact ion pairs (CIP*) is observed unambiguously in fluorescence and must be explicitly considered to obtain the individual rate constants. Close inspection of the early dynamics suggests that the relative populations of the protonated form (ROH*) and CIP* are governed by solvent relaxation that influences the relative energies of the excited states. This constitutes a breakdown of the Eigen-Weller model, although the overall agreement between the data and the analysis using classical rate equations is excellent.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01956

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01956

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