An adiabatic photoreaction is a chemical process that occurs entirely on a single excited electronic energy surface. As a rule, most photoreactions of organic molecules start on an excited electronic surface but ″jump″ to lower surface somewhere along the reaction coordinate. There are, however, exceptions to this general rule. For example, photoreactions involving small structural changes and minor alterations in covalent bonding (e. g. , proton transfers and complex information) are commonly found to occur adiabatically. The purpose of this review is to survey examples of more complicated adiabatic photoreactions such as fragmentations, electrocyclic rearrangements, and geometrical isomerizations. The concepts employed are presented in an introductory discussion.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English|
|State||Published - Aug 1979|
- Adiabatic photoreactions
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