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Laser Photolysis Of Nitroaromatics
Author(s): B. B. Craig; S. J. Atherton
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Paper Abstract

We have measured time-dependent absorption spectra following nanosecond laser photolysis of some nitrotoluenes in several solvents. In non polar media, rapid intra-molecular hydrogen atom transfer occurs in electronically excited 2,4-dinitrotoluene to yield the aci-quinoid isomer, which is observed as a broad transient absorption. In methanol and in acetonitrile the initial aci-form subsequently undergoes deprotonation with a first-order rate constant of ca. 2 x 105 s-1, to form the 2,4-dinitrobenzyl anion. The corresponding anion is also generated from 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in methanol, but we have been unable to demonstrate that its production occurs via the aci-form.

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Date Published: 28 June 1984
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Proc. SPIE 0482, Applications of Laser Chemistry & Diagnostics, (28 June 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943109
Show Author Affiliations
B. B. Craig, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)
S. J. Atherton, University of Texas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0482:
Applications of Laser Chemistry & Diagnostics
Albert B. Harvey, Editor(s)

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