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Molecules 2010, 15(5), 3366-3377; doi:10.3390/molecules15053366
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Probing the Dynamics of Solvation and Structure of the OH- Ion in Aqueous Solution from Picosecond Transient Absorption Measurements

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Received: 24 March 2010 / Revised: 16 April 2010 / Accepted: 6 May 2010 / Published: 7 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photochemistry in Organic Synthesis)
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Abstract

The reaction of intracomplex proton transfer (44BPY-....HO-H) ® 44BPYH. + OH- that follows the photoreduction of 4,4’-bipyridine (44BPY) into its anion radical 44BPY- in the presence of 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) is investigated in acetonitrile-water mixtures by using picosecond transient absorption. The dependence of the appearance kinetics of the 44BPYH. radical on the water content reveals a highly diffusional proton transfer process that is controlled by the dynamics of solvation of the released hydroxide ion. The results are interpreted on the basis of a two-step mechanism where an intermediate solvation complex (44BPYH.)OH-(H2O)3 is formed first before evolving toward a final four-water hydration structure OH-(H2O)4.
Keywords: transient absorption spectroscopy; hydroxide ion solvation; solvation dynamics; bipyridine transient absorption spectroscopy; hydroxide ion solvation; solvation dynamics; bipyridine
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Poizat, O.; Buntinx, G. Probing the Dynamics of Solvation and Structure of the OH- Ion in Aqueous Solution from Picosecond Transient Absorption Measurements. Molecules 2010, 15, 3366-3377.

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