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Photoisomerization of the Stilbenes: an Application of Chemical Spectroscopy


Saltiel, Jack (1964) Photoisomerization of the Stilbenes: an Application of Chemical Spectroscopy. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/4BXD-4D28.


NOTE: Text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. Formation and quenching of stilbene triplet states by means of energy transfer is used in an attempt to elucidate the mechanism of [cis-trans] photoisomerization in this system. It is found that the [cis-trans] ratios attained at the photostationary state in the presence of sensitizers map a "chemical spectrum" when plotted against the triplet state energies of the sensitizers. This spectrum is interpreted by assuming that stilbene triplet states can be produced by vertical or nonvertical energy transfer from the lowest triplet states of the sensitizers. A consistent picture is presented to account for the effect of sensitizer or quencher concentration on the stilbene photostationary states. Evidence is presented which strongly supports the hypothesis that stilbene isomerization induced by direct absorption of light proceeds by way of the lowest triplet states.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Chemistry)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Hammond, George Simms
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1964
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-10032002-121819
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ID Code:3880
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Deposited On:04 Oct 2002
Last Modified:29 Jan 2024 21:40

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