The femtochemistry of the ferrioxalate actinometer
Chair of Molecular Physical Chemistry, Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Bonn, WegelerstraBe 12, 53115 Bonn, Germany
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Published online: 16 April 2019
The ferrioxalate actinometer is widely used as an analytical standard to determine the photon flux of light sources in photochemical reactors. Yet, the underlying mechanistic functioning of the actinometer at the molecular level is entirely unknown. Here, we present results from femtosecond UV-pump/mid-infrared-probe spectroscopy to reveal the elementary events including the primary C–C and Fe–O-bond breakages that follow an initial photon absorption by the ferrioxalate complex.
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