Electrolyte screening effect on the photoprotolytic cycle of excited photoacid in ice

Anna Uritski, Pavel Leiderman, Dan Huppert

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Abstract

Time-resolved emission was used to measure the photoprotolytic cycle of an excited photoacid as a function of temperature, both in liquid water and in ice, in the presence of an inert salt. The inert salt affects the geminate recombination between the transferred proton with the conjugate base of the photoacid. We used the Debye - Hückel theory to express the screening of the Coulomb electrical potential by the inert salt. We find that in the liquid phase the measured screening effect is small and the Debye - Hückel expression slightly overestimates the experimental effect. In ice, the screening effect is rather large and the Debye - Hückel expression under estimates the measured effect. We explain the large screening in ice by the "salting-out" effect in ice that tends to concentrate the impurities to confined volumes to minimize the ice crystal energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13686-13695
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume110
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Dec 2006

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