Surface Photochemistry: Semiconductor Photoinduced Dimerization of Phenyl Vinyl Ether

Anthony M. Draper, Mohammad Ilyas, Paul de Mayo, V. Ramamurthy

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The dimerization of phenyl vinyl ether at an illuminated semiconductor surface has been demonstrated, and that reaction induced on ZnO was studied in detail. The involvement of surface-related processes has been shown to affect both the rate and stereochemistry of the system. Langmuir-Hinshelwood treatment has been found to be applicable for kinetic analysis. The effect of various quenchers has been described in terms of competitive adsorption with or without interference with electron-transfer processes on the surface. A reaction scheme involving the simultaneous formation of dimer both in the adsorbed state and in solution has been suggested, the former being the more important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6222-6230
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number21
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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