Chapter 5. Photochemical Reaction Mechanisms and Reaction Intermediates

  1. Petr Klán1 and
  2. Jakob Wirz2

Published Online: 17 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300017.ch5

Photochemistry of Organic Compounds: From Concepts to Practice

Photochemistry of Organic Compounds: From Concepts to Practice

How to Cite

Klán, P. and Wirz, J. (2009) Photochemical Reaction Mechanisms and Reaction Intermediates, in Photochemistry of Organic Compounds: From Concepts to Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300017.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190886

Online ISBN: 9781444300017

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Keywords:

  • photochemical reaction mechanisms and reaction intermediates;
  • Gibbs free energy of photoinduced electron transfer;
  • Rehm–Weller equation;
  • Classical Marcus relationship for activation free energy of electron transfer;
  • proton transfer;
  • isotopes - multifaceted role in mechanistic chemistry;
  • primary photochemical intermediates;
  • chemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (CIDNP);
  • chemiluminescence and bioluminescence

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is a reaction mechanism?

  • Electron transfer

  • Proton transfer

  • Primary photochemical intermediates: examples and concepts

  • Photoisomerization of double bonds

  • Chemiluminescence and bioluminescence

  • Problems