Picosecond time-resolved infrared study of 2-aminopurine ionisation in solution

Marina K. Kuimova, Peter M.W. Gill, Ching Yeh Lin, Pavel Matousek, Michael Towrie, Xue Zhong Sun, Michael W. George, Anthony W. Parker

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Two photon ionisation of 2-aminopurine (2AP) has been monitored following 267 nm irradiation in neutral and acidic aqueous solutions using picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (ps-TRIR). The transient infrared spectra obtained in neutral and acidic conditions show significant differences that are consistent with the formation of different species, namely the 2AP radical cation, 2AP+•, in acidic conditions and the uncharged radical, 2AP(-H+), in neutral conditions. The ps-TRIR data indicate that deprotonation of 2AP+• in neutral solution takes place within <2 ps following photoionisation. DFT calculations (EDF1/6-31+G*) were used to support the assignment of the intermediates observed in these spectroscopic experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949-955
Number of pages7
JournalPhotochemical and Photobiological Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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