Triplet-state photophysics and transient photochemistry of cyclic enethiones. A laser flash photolysis study

Kankan Bhattacharyya, Paritosh K. Das, Vaidhyanathan Ramamurthy, V. Pushkara Rao

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The triplets of four cyclic enethiones, including thiocoumarin, have been investigated by nanosecond laser flash photolysis. Data are presented for transient spectra and kinetics associated with triplets, quantum yields of intersystem crossing and singlet oxygen photosensitization. The quenching of the thiocoumarin triplet (λmaxT = 485 nm, εmaxT = 8.8 × 103 dm3 mol-1 cm-1 in benzene) by several olefins, amines and hydrogen donors occurs with rate constants of 107-5 × 109 dm3 mol-1 s-1; the lower limits of quantum yields (φPC) for the related photoreactions, estimated from ground-state depletion, are generally small (0.0-0.11 in benzene, except for good hydrogen donors, namely, p-methoxythiophenol and tri-n-butylstannane). The radical anion of thiocoumarin (λmax = 405-435 nm) is formed in two stages upon triplet quenching by triethylamine in acetonitrile; the fast component is the result of direct electron transfer to the triplet and the slower component is assigned to secondary photoreduction of the thione ground state by the α-aminoalkyl radical derived from the triethylamine radical-cation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 2: Molecular and Chemical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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