Multistep nonradiative decay pathways of biomolecules
Nonradiative decay (NRD) processes such as internal conversion (IC) and intersystem crossing (ISC) govern photo-functionality of living systems such as the photostability of the DNA, phototaxis, visual perception etc. Understanding this complex NRD pathways of biomolecules should help us develop bio-inspired photo-functional materials. In this talk, we will share our recent theoretical works on the multistep NRD pathways of biomolecules in gas phase with the aids of pump-probe experiments:
(1) Structure dependent photoisomerization routes of cinnamate based sunscreens1,2
We found that the structural isomers of cinnamate based sunscreens undergo trans → cis photo-isomerization under UV irradiation but differ in the isomerization pathway (ISC or IC) 1,2. These results suggest that controlling the substitution position is essential to design the cinnamate based photo-functional materials.
(2) Ultrafast nonadiabatic cascade of XUV excited caffeine molecule3
We also found the XUV excited caffeine molecule undergoes a nonadiabatic cascade via ~100 highly correlated mono-cationic states. These results show that both nonadiabatic coupling and electron correlation are the keys for ultrafast reaction dynamics in the highly-correlated electronic excited states.
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