Simulation of the photodeactivation of formamide in the nO - π and π - π *states: An ab initio on-the-fly surface-hopping dynamics study

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

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Abstract

The short-time photodynamics (1 ps) of formamide in its low-lying singlet excited nO - π* and π - π* states have been investigated by the direct trajectory surface-hopping method based on multiconfigurational ab initio calculations. The simulations showed that in both states, the primary deactivation process is C-N bond dissociation. In the ground state, the energy is transferred to (a) translational motion of the HCO and N H2 fragments, (b) additional C-H dissociation from the vibrationally hot HCO fragment, or (c) formation of N H3 and CO. In addition to the C-N dissociation pathway, C-O bond fission is found to be an additional primary deactivation path in the π - π* dynamics. From fractional occupations of trajectories, lifetimes of formamide were estimated: τ (S1) =441 fs and τ (S2) =66 fs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234303
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume127
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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