The effects of symmetry and rigidity on non-adiabatic dynamics in tertiary amines: a time-resolved photoelectron velocity-map imaging study of the cage-amine ABCO

Liv B. Klein, Thorbjorn J. Morsing, Ruth A. Livingstone, David Townsend, Theis I. Solling

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Abstract

The non-adiabatic relaxation dynamics of the tertiary cage-amine azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (ABCO, also known as quinuclidine) have been investigated following 3p Rydberg excitation at 201 nm using femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging (TRPEI). The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of the rigid and symmetric cage structure found in ABCO on the general non-adiabatic relaxation processes commonly seen in other tertiary aliphatic amines (TAAs). Our data is compared with TRPEI results very recently obtained for several structurally less rigid TAA systems [J. O. F. Thompson et al., Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1826-1839] and helps to confirm many of the previously reported findings. The experimental results for ABCO in the short-time (1 ns) 3s Rydberg state lifetime seen in ABCO (relative to other TAA systems at similar excitation energies) serves to illustrate the large influence of symmetry and conformational rigidity on intramolecular vibrational redistribution processes previously implicated in mediating this aspect of the overall relaxation dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9715-9723
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume18
Issue number14
Early online date15 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • STATE PERTURBATION-THEORY
  • SATURATED AMINES
  • ANGULAR-DISTRIBUTIONS
  • EXCIMER FORMATION
  • ALIPHATIC-AMINES
  • RYDBERG STATES
  • SPECTROSCOPY
  • RELAXATION
  • SPECTRA
  • NM

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