A New Trans-to-Cis Photoisomerization Mechanism of Azobenzene on the S1(n,π*) Surface

  title={A New Trans-to-Cis Photoisomerization Mechanism of Azobenzene on the S1(n,$\pi$*) Surface},
  author={Eric Wei‐Guang Diau},
  journal={Journal of Physical Chemistry A},
  • E. Diau
  • Published 8 January 2004
  • Chemistry
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry A
The rotation-inversion controversy for the photoisomerization mechanism of azobenzene has been addressed on the basis of the CASSCF calculations for the excited-state relaxed surface scan along the CNN bending (inversion), the CNNC torsion (rotation), and the concerted CNN bending (concerted inversion) reaction pathways. According to our calculated results, the inversion channel involves a substantial energy barrier and a large S0−S1 energy gap so that it is a highly unfavorable channel to be… 

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