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Recent experiments replacing oxygen atoms by sulfur in thymine have revealed that absorption and intersystem crossing properties of these derivatives are strongly dependent on the position and number of the substitutions, affecting their potential performance for photodynamical therapy. Using multireference quantum chemical methods (CASPT2 and DFT/MRCI), we(More)
Singlet oxygen production upon photosensitization plays a critical role in drugs based on thionucleobases. While for immunosuppressants its yield must be near zero, for phototherapeutic drugs it should be near the unity. In this work, we apply high-level quantum chemical modelling to investigate the decay of the triplet state of thionucleobases, a main(More)
A new versatile code based on Python scripts was developed to calculate spin-orbit coupling (SOC) elements between singlet and triplet states. The code, named PySOC, is interfaced to third-party quantum chemistry packages, such as Gaussian 09 and DFTB+. SOCs are evaluated using linear-response (LR) methods based on time-dependent density functional theory(More)
After UV excitation, gas phase thymine returns to a ground state in 5 to 7 ps, showing multiple time constants. There is no consensus on the assignment of these processes, with a dispute between models claiming that thymine is trapped either in the first (S₁) or in the second (S₂) excited states. In the present study, a nonadiabatic dynamics simulation of(More)