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THz Photochemistry

THz Photochemistry: Biased Proton Transfer by Ultrafast Electric Fields

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 159˙460 €
 EC max contribution 159˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


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 Project objective

Ultraviolet or visible light induces chemical transformations via electronic excitation. Infrared radiation, corresponding to low-frequency molecular vibrations, can also bring about photochemical reactions by multi-photon absorption. Then, how low photon energies can we reach in photochemistry? In this proposed research, I will realize a novel concept of terahertz photochemistry: activating chemical reactions with intense terahertz (THz) light of extremely low photon energy (1 THz = 4.1 meV). Based on this novel approach, I will study aqueous proton transfer in external electric fields, the process underlying key bioenergetic phenomena as well as renewable energy technologies. Despite its obvious relevance, it has remained elusive how E-fields affect the known proton transfer mechanism in aqueous systems. Ultrashort THz pulses, on the one hand, will allow monitoring the THz photochemical proton transfer reactions in real time on the femtosecond time scale. On the other hand, THz light pulses will also serve as external E-fields, which bias the proton transfer reactions. Due to recent technological development, sub-picosecond strong field THz pulses on the order of hundreds of kV/cm with near single-cycle duration can be generated in the host laboratory, and the short pulses allow for ultrafast time resolution of ca 300 fs. Systematic studies varying field strengths and solvents will provide important insights into the local and external E-field effects on the proton transfer and the non-equilibrium solvation dynamics. The possibility of THz control over proton transport processes will also be examined by applying THz pulses at different delay time after photo-initiation.


year authors and title journal last update
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2016 Vasileios Balos, Heejae Kim, Mischa Bonn, Johannes Hunger
Dissecting Hofmeister Effects: Direct Anion-Amide Interactions Are Weaker than Cation-Amide Binding
published pages: 8125-8128, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201602769
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55/28 2019-07-24
2017 Heejae Kim, Johannes Hunger, Enrique Cánovas, Melike Karakus, Zoltán Mics, Maksim Grechko, Dmitry Turchinovich, Sapun H. Parekh, Mischa Bonn
Direct observation of mode-specific phonon-band gap coupling in methylammonium lead halide perovskites
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00807-x
Nature Communications 8/1 2019-07-24

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