dc.creator Walsh, Patrick S. en_US dc.creator Buchanan, Evan G. en_US dc.creator Gord, Joseph R. en_US dc.creator Zwier, Timothy S. en_US dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-16T21:42:14Z dc.date.available 2013-07-16T21:42:14Z dc.date.issued 2013 en_US dc.identifier 2013-TK-11 en_US dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/55457 dc.description Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, 560 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907 en_US dc.description.abstract 1,2-Diphenoxyethane (DPOE) is a prototypical flexible bichromophore which was shown to consist of two conformers in the gas phase with the first two excited states split by 1 cm$^{-1}$ or less., \textit{J.~Phys.~Chem.~A}, submitted} Last year, we reported on the remarkable effects of asymmetric binding of a single H$_{2}$O molecule to DPOE, localizing the electronic excitation, and producing OH stretch IR spectra that report on the mixed electronic character of the excited state vibronic levels., \textit{67$^{th}$ International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy}, 2012, \textbf{WG08}} Here, we extend that work to DPOE-(H$_2$O)$_n$ clusters with n=2-4 with the goal of seeing how the degree of asymmetry and electronic coupling evolve as the number of water molecules bound to DPOE increases. Ground state IR spectra in the OH stretch region (3300-3750 cm$^{-1}$) sensitively probe the H-bonding networks present in the clusters. In the excited states, the stepwise addition of water molecules significantly changes the solvent-induced splitting of the excited states. Excited state IR spectroscopy is used to identify the (nominal) S$_{1}$ and S$_{2}$ origins, and to track the degree of S$_{1}$/S$_{2}$ character via the OH stretch transitions observed. The spectra provide novel insight to the way in which solvent molecules redistribute the electronic energy as the density of intermolecular vibrational modes grows with cluster size. en_US dc.language.iso en en_US dc.publisher Ohio State University en_US dc.title STEPWISE SOLVATION EFFECTS ON THE EXCITED STATES OF A WEAKLY COUPLED BICHROMOPHORE: 1,2-DIPHENOXYETHANE-(H$_{2}$O)$_N$ (N=2-4) CLUSTERS en_US dc.type Article en_US
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