Title: Intersystem crossing-branched excited-state intramolecular proton transfer for o-nitrophenol: An ab initio on-the-fly nonadiabatic molecular dynamic simulation
Authors: Xu, Chao
Yu, Le
Zhu, Chaoyuan
Yu, Jianguo
Cao, Zexing
Institute of Molecular science
Issue Date: 25-May-2016
Abstract: The 6SA-CASSCF(10, 10)/6-31G (d, p) quantum chemistry method has been applied to perform on-the-fly trajectory surface hopping simulation with global switching algorithm and to explore excited-state intramolecular proton transfer reactions for the o-nitrophenol molecule within low-lying electronic singlet states (S-0 and S-1) and triplet states (T-1 and T-2). The decisive photoisomerization mechanisms of o-nitrophenol upon S-1 excitation are found by three intersystem crossings and one conical intersection between two triplet states, in which T-1 state plays an essential role. The present simulation shows branch ratios and timescales of three key processes via T-1 state, non-hydrogen transfer with ratio 48% and timescale 300 fs, the tunneling hydrogen transfer with ratios 36% and timescale 10 ps, and the direct hydrogen transfer with ratios 13% and timescale 40 fs. The present simulated timescales might be close to low limit of the recent experiment results.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep26768
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/srep26768
Volume: 6
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