Photoprocesses in Transition Metal Complexes, Biosystems and Other Molecules. Experiment and Theory

  • Elise Kochanski

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 376)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. A. Tramer
    Pages 1-47
  3. S. D. Peyerimhoff
    Pages 103-111
  4. Vincenzo Balzani, Sebastiano Campagna, Gianfranco Denti, Scolastica Serroni
    Pages 233-252
  5. F. Scandola, C. A. Bignozzi, C. Chiorboli, M. T. Indelli, M. A. Rampi
    Pages 253-269
  6. Jonathan L. Sessler, Vincent L. Capuano, Yuji Kubo, Martin R. Johnson, Darren J. Magda, Anthony H. Harriman
    Pages 375-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 421-449

About this book


The scope of this paper is to recall fundamental notions of the molecular spectroscopy and dynamics, necessary for discussion of photophysical and photochemical processes in condensed phases. We will thus treat in a more detailed way the specific features which are important for molecular systems strongly interacting with their environment. Other aspects such as the time evolution of isolated molecules, single-level excitation and state-to-state chemistry, important for the gas-phase photophysics are omitted. We start (Sec.2) with a brief description of radiative processes (light absorption and emission) in molecules. In the quantum-mechanical treatment of this problem, the appropriate basis is that of so-called zero-order states, corresponding to the traditional scheme of electronic states (singlets, doublets, triplets etc.) and vibrational levels belonging to each state. The important point will be deduction of selection rules for most radiative transitions. At this stage all molecular states are considered as stationary states. In order to treat the breakdown of simple selection rules and non-radiative transitions between individual molecular states, it is necessary to take into account the mechanisms coupling the zero-order states (Sec.3). We will first focus on intramolecular coupling effects and then discuss the solvent effects on intramolecular relaxation processes. The problem of the non-radiative transfer of the electronic energy between different molecules - closely related to that of the energy dissipation within a single molecule will be treated in Sec.4.


chemistry metals photochemistry protein transition metal

Editors and affiliations

  • Elise Kochanski
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Théorique Institut de ChimieUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5195-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2698-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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