- Spectroscopy and dynamics of methyl-4-hydroxycinnamate: the influence of isotopic substitution and water complexation
- Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 13 | 10
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
High-resolution Resonance Enhanced MultiPhoton Ionization (REMPI) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) excitation spectra of jet-cooled methyl-4-hydroxycinnamate, methyl-4-OD-cinnamate, and of their water clusters have been recorded. Whereas water complexation leads to significant linewidth narrowing, isotopic substitution does for all practical purposes not influence the excited-state dynamics. In this light, we evaluate two previously proposed decay channels of the photoexcited ππ* state involving the dissociative πσ* state (analogous to phenol) and involving the optically dark nπ* state (as concluded for para-coumaric acid). To come to an unambiguous interpretation of the REMPI studies, it has been necessary to determine ionization thresholds. For methyl-4-hydroxycinnamate and its water cluster values of 8.078 and 7.636 eV have been found. Apart from the electronic excitation studies, IR absorption studies have been performed as well. These studies provide important vibrational markers for the assignment of the various conformations that are present under molecular beam conditions, and offer a direct measure of the influence of hydrogen bonding on the properties of the hydroxyl group.
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