In the decade after this book first appeared in 1974, research involving organic photochemistry was prolific. In this updated and expanded 1986 edition the authors summarise those classes of reaction that best illustrate the types of photochemical behaviour commonly observed for simple organic molecules. The different products obtained from compounds subjected to thermal and photolytic activation are explained with the aid of appropriate diagrams and mechanistic schemes. Where necessary, these are backed up by simple energy level profiles. Thus, theory and empirical data are interwoven to provide a firm basis which is aided by the generous basic references at the end of each chapter.
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a-cleavage absorption acceptor acyl shift addition adduct alkene alkyl allylic antarafacial aromatic aryl benzene butadiene carbon carbon-carbon carbonyl carbonyl compounds Chem cis-trans cleavage concerted configuration conjugated conrotatory correlation diagram cyclic cycloaddition cyclobutene cyclopropyl deactivation diene dienone dimerisation diradical diradical intermediate disrotatory donor double bond electrocyclic reactions electron enone ethene example exciplex excited singlet excited triplet favoured formed geometrical isomerisation give HOMO hydrogen hydrogen atom hydrogen transfer interaction interconversion intramolecular inversion irradiation isomer isomerisation ketone LUMO migration molecular orbitals molecule Norrish Type nucleophilic observed occur orbital symmetry overlap oxetane oxygen Ph Ph photochemical reaction photochemistry photolysis photoreduction proton quantum yield quenching radical reaction involves rearrangement rotation shown in scheme sigmatropic reaction sigmatropic shift singlet and triplet singlet excited solvent stereospecific steric substituents substrate suprafacial symmetry allowed thermal transition state structure transition structure triplet triplet excited triplet sensitisation undergo vibrational wavelength y-hydrogen