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Title: UV-tunable laser induced phototransformations of matrix isolated anethole

A matrix isolation study of the infrared spectra and structure of anethole (1-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl)benzene) has been carried out, showing the presence of two E conformers (AE1, AE2) of the molecule in the as-deposited matrices. Irradiation using ultraviolet-tunable laser light at 308–307 nm induced conformationally selective phototransformations of these forms into two less stable Z conformers (AZ1, AZ2). The back reactions were also detected upon irradiation at 301 nm. On the whole, the obtained results allow for full assignment of the infrared spectra of all the four experimentally observed anethole isomers and showed that the narrowband UV-induced E-Z photoisomerization is an efficient and selective way to interconvert the two isomers of anethole into each other, with conformational discrimination. Photolysis of anethole was observed as well, with initial methoxyl O–C bond cleavage and formation of CH{sub 3} and p-propenylphenoxy (AR) radicals, followed by radical recombination to form 2-methyl-4-propenyl-2,4-cyclohexadienone, which subsequently undergoes ring-opening generating several conformers of long-chain conjugated ketenes. Interpretation of the experimental observations was supported by density functional theory (B3LYP and B2PLYD) calculations.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wrocław, Joliot-Curie 14, 50-383 Wrocław (Poland)
  2. Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, 3004-535 Coimbra (Portugal)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253444
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; BENZENE; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; DEPOSITS; INFRARED SPECTRA; IRRADIATION; ISOMERS; KETENES; MATRIX ISOLATION; PHOTOLYSIS