Photodissociation of CF2ICF2I in solid Para -hydrogen: Infrared spectra of anti - And gauche -C2F4I radicals

Karolina Anna Haupa, Manho Lim, Yuan-Pern Lee*

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The photolysis of 1,2-diiodotetrafluoroethane (CF2ICF2I) has served as a prototypical system in ultrafast reaction dynamics. Even though the intermediates, anti- and gauche-iodotetrafluoroethyl (C2F4I) radicals, have been characterized with electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction, their infrared spectra are unreported. We report the formation and infrared identification of these radical intermediates upon ultraviolet photodissociation of CF2ICF2I in solid para-hydrogen (p-H2) at 3.3 K. Lines at 1364.9/1358.5, 1283.2, 1177.1, 1162.2, 1126.8, 837.3, 658.0, 574.2, and 555.2 cm-1 are assigned to anti-C2F4I, and lines at 1325.9, 1259.7, 1143.4, 1063.4, 921.0, and 765.3 cm-1 to gauche-C2F4I. A secondary photodissociation leading to C2F4 was also observed. The assignments were derived according to behavior on secondary photolysis, comparison of the vibrational wavenumbers and the IR intensities of the observed lines with values predicted with the B3PW91/aug-cc-pVTZ-pp method. This spectral identification provides valuable information for future direct spectral probes of these important intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12650-12658
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 9 Apr 2018

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