- Distance-dependent proton transfer along water wires connecting acid-base pairs
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
- Volume | Issue number
- 113 | 24
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
We report time-resolved mid-IR kinetics for the ultrafast acid−base reaction between photoexcited 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid trisodium salt (HPTS), and acetate at three concentrations (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 M) and three temperatures (5, 30, and 65 °C) in liquid D2O. The observed proton-transfer kinetics agree quantitatively, over all times (200 fs−500 ps), with an extended Smoluchowski model which includes distance-dependent reactivity in the form of a Gaussian rate function, k(r). This distance dependence contrasts with the exponential k(r) that is typically observed for electron-transfer reactions. The width of k(r) is essentially the only parameter varied in fitting the proton-transfer kinetics at each concentration and temperature. We find that k(r) likely represents the rate of concerted (multi)proton hopping across "proton wires" of different length r that connect acid−base pairs in solution. The concerted nature of the proton transfer is supported by the fact that k(r) shows a steeper dependence on r at higher temperatures.
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