Infrared spectra of jet-cooled 5-methoxysalicylic acid in the 3-μm region were measured for both the electronic ground (S0) and first excited (S1) states. Effects of the methoxy-substitution were investigated in relation to the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer of salicylic acid. Though the electronic absorption-emission spectra exhibit the mirror-image relation, which has been regarded as evidence for the suppression of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer, the infrared spectra showed an extremely large elongation of the phenolic O-H bond upon photoexcitation. The results represent that the significant enhancement of the intramolecular hydrogen bond does occur in S1 of 5-methoxysalicylic.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry