The photocleavage of the CBr bond in bromoacetylnaphthalene is investigated by transient absorption and time resolved EPR spectroscopy. In the transient absorption of 2-bromo-2′-acetylnaphthalene, the absorption band observed at λmax ∼ 440 nm is assigned to the triplet state of the parent molecule. After decay of the triplet absorption, a long lived absorption band is observed at λmax ∼ 380 nm, which is assigned to naphthoylmethyl radical. The yield of this radical is not dependent on the concentration of oxygen even though the absorption band of the triplet state was quenched by addition of oxygen. Thus we conclude that the spin multiplicity of the precursor molecule is singlet. The CW time resolved EPR spectrum shows a typical E*/A CIDEP pattern of three hyperfine lines of the naphthoylmethyl radical. This result suggests some contribution from triplet precursor molecules. However, a careful analysis of the time profile of the CIDEP intensity observed by FT-EPR revealed that the polarization is generated from the radical pair mechanism (RPM) from the encountered pair of two free naphthoylmethyl radicals and the radical triplet pair mechanism. RPM polarization by the geminate radical pair, formed by the Br atom and the naphthoylmethyl radical, is not observed. This fact indicates that large spin-orbit coupling (Δg and/or fast spin relaxation by g anisotropy) spoils the RPM polarization. The finding is in contrast to the recent observation of RPM polarization in the Cl cleavage reaction of 1-(chloromethyl)naphthalene.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry