Quantum chemical calculations of electronically excited states: Formamide, its protonated form and alkali cation complexes as case studies

Ivana Antol, Mario Barbatti, Mirjana Eckert-Maksić, Hans Lischka

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Abstract

The properties of formamide, its protonated form and interaction complexes with lithium and sodium cations were studied in electronically excited singlet states by means of high-level multireference ab initio methods. The vertical excitation energies show a marked influence on protonation with particular large effects found for the O-protonated form as compared to neutral formamide. Complexation with Li+ and Na+ leads to a pronounced shift of the nO* state to higher energies while the π-π* state moves in opposite direction. Geometry optimizations in the lowest excited singlet show strong geometrical effects leading to pyramidalization at the N and C atoms. The photodynamical simulations performed for formamide in the first excited singlet state show that the main primary deactivation path is CN dissociation with a lifetime of about 420∈fs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-328
Number of pages10
JournalMonatshefte fur Chemie
Volume139
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Absorption
  • Basicity
  • Metal ion affinities
  • Multireference configuration interaction
  • Photochemistry

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