Time-resolved spectroscopy study of the triplet state of 4-diethylaminobenzonitrile (DEABN)

Wai Ming Kwok, C. Ma, P. Matousek, A. W. Parker, D. Phillips, W. T. Toner, M. Towrie, P. Zuo, D. L. Phillips

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The nonradiative deactivation processes of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) and intersystem crossing (ISC) and their dependence on solvent polarity for DEABN have been studied using transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. The TA spectra have been taken in non-polar hexane and polar acetonitrile solvents within the 400-630 nm spectral region at time delays of 2 ps to 6 ns. The results are complemented by nanosecond time-resolved resonance Raman (TR3) spectra of the triplet state of DEABN over the 700 to 2300 cm-1frequency range. There is no significant difference between the Raman spectra recorded in hexane, acetonitrile and methanol solvents and this implies the triplet state has only one form. Comparison of DEABN triplet Raman spectrum with ab initio DFT geometry and vibrational analysis of DEABN ground state and triplet state TR3spectra of the closely related compound dimethylaminobenzonitrile (DMABN) indicates the DEABN triplet state is planar or near planar in structure with noticeable biradical character.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3643-3652
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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