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Photophysical Deactivation Mechanisms of the Pyrimidine Analogue 1-Cyclohexyluracil

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Valverde, Danillo [1] ; de Araujo, Adalberto V. S. [1] ; Borin, Antonio Carlos [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Fundamental Chem, Inst Chem, Ave Prof Lineu Prestes 748, BR-05508000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Molecules; v. 26, n. 17 SEP 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

The photophysical relaxation mechanisms of 1-cyclohexyluracil, in vacuum and water, were investigated by employing the Multi-State CASPT2 (MS-CASPT2, Multi-State Complete Active-Space Second-Order Perturbation Theory) quantum chemical method and Dunning's cc-pVDZ basis sets. In both environments, our results suggest that the primary photophysical event is the population of the S-1(1)(pi pi{*}) bright state. Afterwards, two likely deactivation pathways can take place, which is sustained by linear interpolation in internal coordinates defined via Z-Matrix scans connecting the most important characteristic points. The first one (Route 1) is the same relaxation mechanism observed for uracil, its canonical analogue, i.e., internal conversion to the ground state through an ethylenic-like conical intersection. The other route (Route 2) is the direct population transfer from the S-1(1)(pi pi{*}) bright state to the T-2(3)(n pi{*}) triplet state via an intersystem crossing process involving the (S-1(1)(pi pi{*})/T-2(3)(n pi{*}))STCP singlet-triplet crossing point. As the spin-orbit coupling is not too large in either environment, we propose that most of the electronic population initially on the S-1(1)(pi pi{*}) state returns to the ground following the same ultrafast deactivation mechanism observed in uracil (Route 1), while a smaller percentage goes to the triplet manifold. The presence of a minimum on the S-1(1)(pi pi{*}) potential energy hypersurface in water can help to understand why experimentally it is noticed suppression of the triplet states population in polar protic solvent. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/19454-5 - Structure and Photochemistry of Fluorescent Nucleobaseas and Metal Mediated Base Pairs
Grantee:Antonio Carlos Borin
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/02612-4 - Dynamics of excited states and spectroscopic properties of natural and synthetic DNA and RNA derivatives in solvent environment
Grantee:Danillo Pires Valverde
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate