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Principles of Molecular Photochemistry: An Introduction

Nicholas J. Turro Columbia University
V. Ramamurthy University of Miami
J. C. Scaiano University of Ottawa

Principles of Molecular Photochemistry: An Introduction develops photochemical and photophysical concepts from a small set of familiar principles. Developed from Nick Turro’s best-selling text for three decades – Modern Molecular Photochemistry – this updated primer introduces an initial paradigm that relates the photon and a reactant molecular structure to photochemistry through the structure and dynamics of electronically excited states, reactive intermediates and products.

Print Book, ISBN 978-1-891389-57-3, US $121
eBook, eISBN 978-1-938787-52-2, US $90
Copyright 2009
520 pages, Softbound

Summary

Principles of Molecular Photochemistry: An Introduction develops photochemical and photophysical concepts from a small set of familiar principles. Developed from Nick Turro’s best-selling text for three decades – Modern Molecular Photochemistry – this updated primer introduces an initial paradigm that relates the photon and a reactant molecular structure to photochemistry through the structure and dynamics of electronically excited states, reactive intermediates and products. The same paradigm is readily adapted to incorporate the photon and a reactant molecular structure to photophysics. The book provides brilliantly clear descriptions in pictorial terms that can be readily understood by the student and applied to systems of interest. This text will be of interest to not only practicing photochemists and their students, but also to biological scientists, polymer scientists, material scientists and nanoscientists who use photochemistry and photophysics in their research and teaching. For adopting professors, an art CD of figures from the book is also available.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview
2. Electronic, nuclear and spin state of electronically excited states
3. Transitions between states
4. Radiative transitions between states
5. Radiationless transitions between states
6. Theoretical organic photochemistry
7. Energy and electron transfer processes
Index

Reviews

“Exceptionally thorough and well written, Principles of Molecular Photochemistry will be useful to every active researcher in the field. Filled with reference material for experts, the book also gives an excellent introduction to photochemical reactivity for students.”
-Malcolm Forbes, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Principles of Molecular Photochemistry continues to be the very best resource on photochemistry for students and experts alike. It’s comprehensive, current and exceptionally well written. This book belongs on every chemist’s bookshelf!”
-Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology

“Aimed at both students and specialists, this book takes the 30-year-old best-selling text of co-author Turro as a starting point. The basic underpinnings of the subject remain but more contemporary issues such as electron spin and electronic energy transfer are also discussed.”
-Nature Chemistry

Nicholas J. Turro Columbia University

Nicholas J. Turro was the William P. Schweitzer Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University. He has been widely recognized by national and international awards as a leader and pioneer in the area of supramolecular chemistry, organic photochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, host-guest chemistry and magnetic effects on photochemical reactions. In addition he has received awards for excellence in teaching by Columbia University, the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society. Read more about the Turro Legacy in the February 2014 issue of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences.

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V. Ramamurthy University of Miami

V. Ramamurthy (Murthy) is currently Professor and Chair of Chemistry at University of Miami, FL. He has held appointments at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, The Du Pont Company and Tulane University. He is well-known for his contributions in the area of solid-state chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and organic photochemistry. His current interest includes chemistry in confined spaces.

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J. C. Scaiano University of Ottawa

J.C. (Tito) Scaiano holds the Canada Research Chair in Applied Photochemistry at the University of Ottawa. He is widely recognized for his work on mechanisms in photochemistry and physical organic chemistry. His current research interests include the application of these fields to nanochemistry, imaging, chemical sensors, and the health sciences.

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