Anomalous Rate of H+ and D+ Excited-State Proton Transfer (ESPT) in H2O/D2O Mixtures: Irreversible ESPT in 1-Naphthol-4-sulfonate

Oren Gajst, Georgi Gary Rozenman, Dan Huppert

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Abstract

We employed steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence techniques to study the rates of excited-state proton and deuteron transfer (ESPT) from an irreversible photoacid, 1-naphthol-4-sulfonate, to solvent mixtures of H2O and D2O. We found that the overall ESPT rate to the solvent mixture does not follow a linear relation with the H2O mole ratio. We used a chemical kinetic model to explain the deviation of the ESPT rate constant from linear behavior with H2O mole ratio. There are three water species in the H2O-D2O mixtures, H2O, D2O, and HOD. There are six rate constants of H+ and D+ transfers to the three species. When the H2O mole ratio before mixing is 0.5, HOD mole ratio in the mixture is 0.5. The ESPT rate to HOD is much smaller than that of H+ transfer to neat H2O and hence the concave shape of the plot of ESPT rate constants versus the H2O molar ratio of the mixtures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume122
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Jan 2018

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