Photoinduced ω-bond dissociation in the higher excited singlet (S2) and lowest triplet (T1) states of a benzophenone derivative in solution

Minoru Yamaji, Susumu Inomata, Satoru Nakajima, Kimio Akiyama, Seiji Tobita, Bronislaw Marciniak

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Photochemical properties of photoinduced ω-bond dissociation in p-benzoylbenzyl phenyl sulfide (BBPS) in solution were investigated by time-resolved EPR and laser flash photolysis techniques. BBPS was shown to undergo photoinduced ω-bond cleavage to yield the p-benzoylbenzyl radical (BBR) and phenyl thiyl radical (PTR) at room temperature. The quantum yield (Φrad) for the radical formation was found to depend on the excitation wavelength, i.e., on the excitation to the excited singlet states, S2 and S1 of BBPS; Φrad(S2) = 0.65 and Φrad(S1) = 1.0. Based on the CIDEP data, these radicals were found to be produced via the triplet state independent of excitation wavelength. By using triplet sensitization of xanthone, the efficiency (αrad) of the C-S bond fission in the lowest triplet state (T1) of BBPS was determined to be unity. The agreement between Φrad(S1) and αrad values indicates that the C-S bond dissociation occurs in the T1 state via the S 1 state due to a fast intersystem crossing from the S1 to the T1 state. In contrast, the wavelength dependence of the radical yields was interpreted in terms of the C-S bond cleavage in the S2 state competing with internal conversion from the S2 to the S 1 state. The smaller value of Φrad(S2) than that of Φrad(S1) was proposed to originate from the geminate recombination of singlet radical pairs produced by the bond dissociation via the S2 state. Considering the electronic character of the excited and dissociative states in BBPS showed a schematic energy diagram for the ω-bond dissociation of BBPS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3843-3848
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2005 May 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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