Supersonic Jet Studies of Fluorene Clustered with Water, Ammonia and Piperidine
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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Mass resolved excitation spectroscopy and dispersed emission spectroscopy are employed to study van der Waals vdW clusters of jet cooled fluorene with ammonia, water and piperidine. For fluoreneH201 and fluoreneNH31 clusters, cluster geometries and binding energies can be suggested based on the experimental results and Lennard-Jones LJ potential 6- 12-1 energy calculations. As the number of solvent molecules in the cluster is increased, spectra of the clusters become more complex and broad probably due to the many possible stable configurations for these vdW clusters. Although the pKa for fluorene in its first excited singlet state Forster cycle calculations is quite acidic -8.6, and solvent molecules can coordinate to the aliphatic hydrogens of the fluorene molecule in at least some cluster configurations, no direct evidence is found for the occurrence of proton transfer in S1 in these systems.
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