Laser-induced fluorescence and dispersed fluorescence studies of the donor–acceptor system 4-amino 3-methyl benzoic acid methyl ester and its solvated clusters: Evidence of excited-state charge-transfer reaction
Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) excitation and dispersed fluorescence (DF) spectra of 4-amino 3-methyl benzoic acid methyl ester (AMBME) and its solvated clusters with solvents such as methanol, water and acetonitrile have been investigated in a supersonic expansion. Spectral signature supports the presence of two conformers in the cooled jet which is in line with theoretical calculations. In addition to structured local emission from the Franck Condon excited state, the molecule AMBME shows red-shifted broad emission from the state attributed to the close-lying charge transfer (CT) state, which is facilitated by exciting low-frequency modes. The molecule readily forms clusters with different solvents and the clusters’ electronic excitation bands appear in the low-energy side of the transition origin of the bare molecule. Excitation of the clusters leads to the appearance of red-shifted solvent-polarity dependent CT emission.
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 213, Issues 2–3, 25 June 2010, Pages 164–170