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Infrared Spectra of a Model Phenol-Amine Proton Transfer Complex in Nanoconfined CH3Cl

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posted on 26.06.2008, 00:00 by Katie R. Mitchell-Koch, Ward H. Thompson*
The vibrational spectra of a model phenol-amine proton transfer complex dissolved in CH3Cl solvent confined in a 12 Å radius spherical hydrophobic cavity were calculated using mixed quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulations. The reaction free energy of the proton transfer complex was varied in order to explore the contributions to the vibrational absorption band from product and reactant species. The vibrational spectra of the model proton transfer complex resulted in motionally narrowed spectral linewidths with two distinct peaks for products and reactants in cases where the system undergoes chemical exchange. It was found that the n = 1 and n = 2 vibrational excited states combine to form diabatic states such that the spectra have contributions from both n = 0 → n = 1 and n = 0 → n = 2 transitions. A strong relationship between the instantaneous vibrational frequency and a collective solvent coordinate was found that assists in understanding the origin of the spectral features.