Ab initio study on deactivation pathways of excited 9H-guanine

Hui Chen, Shuhua Li
Journal of Chemical Physics 2006 April 21, 124 (15): 154315
The complete active space with second-order perturbation theory/complete active space self-consistent-field method was used to explore the nonradiative decay mechanism for excited 9H-guanine. On the 1pipi* (1L(a)) surface we determined a conical intersection (CI), labeled (S0pipi*)(CI), between the 1pipi* (1L(a)) excited state and the ground state, and a minimum, labeled (pipi*)min. For the 1pipi* (1L(a)) state, its probable deactivation path is to undergo a spontaneous relaxation to (pipi*)min first and then decay to the ground state through (S0pipi*)(CI), during which a small activation energy is required. On the 1n(N)pi* surface a CI between the 1n(N)pi* and 1pipi* (1L(a)) states was located, which suggests that the 1n(N)pi* excited state could transform to the 1pipi* (1L(a)) excited state first and then follow the deactivation path of the 1pipi* (1L(a)) state. This CI was also possibly involved in the nonradiative decay path of the second lowest 1pipi* (1L(b)) state. On the 1n(O)pi* surface a minimum was determined. The deactivation of the 1n(O)pi* state to the ground state was estimated to be energetically unfavorable. On the 1pisigma* surface, the dissociation of the N-H bond of the six-membered ring is difficult to occur due to a significant barrier.

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