Photo-oxidation of copper(I) chloro complexes: Individual quantum yields of [CuCl2]- and [CuCl2]-2

O. Horváth, S. Papp

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Abstract

The effects of the chloride and hydrogen ion concentrations on the photo-induced oxidation of copper(I) chloro complexes were investigated under continuous irradiation (λ = 253.7 nm). The spectrophotometric experimental method combined with computerized evaluation of the data gave results similar to those of experiments carried out earlier using the gas volumetric technique. The characteristics of the Φ versus CH+ 1 2 plots, i.e. the linearity at 0.1 M ≤ CH+ < 1.0 M and the levelling off (saturation) at 1.0 M ≤ CH+ ≤ 3.0 M, at each chloride concentration examined indicate a Noyes geminate-pair scavenging mechanism where the electron formed in the photo-induced redox reaction undergoes competitive recombination and scavenging processes. The individual quantum yields of the copper(I) chloro complexes [CuCl2]-[CuCl32- where determined from their resolved spectra and the dependence of Φ on the chloride ion concentration. In the saturation region Φ23 ≈ 2, i.e. the individual quantum yields for the electrons escaping primary recombination are Φ2 = 0.60 Φ3 = 0.29.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Photochemistry
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1985

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