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Chemistry G8348x 1999 Modern Molecular Organic Photochemistry

Instructor: Nicholas Turro
Office: 766 Chandler
Phone: 4-2175
e-mail: turro@chem.columbia.edu
Office Hours: TBA


The course will involve a discussion of modern molecular organic photochemistry with emphasis on mechanisms. Useful texts and references:

  1. N. J. Turro, "Modern Molecular Photochemistry" (MMP), University Press, Menlo Park, CA, 1978.
  2. A. Gilbert and J. Baggott, "Essentials of Molecular Photochemistry," CRC Press, London, UK, 1991.
  3. J. Mattay and A. Griesbeck, eds., "Photochemical Key Steps in Organic Synthesis", VCH, New York, 1994.
  4. J. D. Coyle, ed., "Photochemistry in Organic Synthesis", Royal society of Chemistry, London, 1986.
  5. W. H. Horspool, ed., "Synthetic Organic Photochemistry", Plenum, New York, 1984.
  6. Bryce-Smith, et. al, eds. Specialist Reports of the Chemical Society: D. Photochemistry (Annual reports on all of photochemistry since 1969).
  7. I. Ninomiya and T. Naito, eds., "Photochemical Synthesis", Academic Press, Londaon, 1989.
  8. J. C. Scaiano, ed., "CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry", vol. 1 and 2, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1989.
The first several lectures will discuss the Fundamental Principles of Photochemistry, material from Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of MMP. in particular, the fundamental paradigms of how light is absorbed by molecules and the photochemical and photophysical mechanisms by which molecules dispose of the excess energy acquired by light absorption will be reviewed. Some quantitative examples of the photophysical radiative and radiationless processes (Chapters 5 and 6) will be reviewed. The goal of these lectures will be the generation of paradigms for understanding rates and efficiencies of radiationless and radiative processes.

Following lectures will discuss (1) electronic energy transfer (Chapter 9) and the two basic mechanisms of energy transfer (electron exchange and dipole-dipole mechanisms); (2) the paradigms for determining photochemical mechanisms (Chapter 8); (3) theory of the fundamental photochemical primary processes (Chapter 7); (4) examples of each of the important photochemical primary processes and synthetic applications of photochemical reactions (Chapters 10-13).