Reversible Photolysis of Nitrosobenzene cis -Dimer Monitored in Situ by Single Crystal Photocrystallography

Philip P. Rodenbough, Durga Prasad Karothu, Tamara Gjorgjieva, Patrick Commins, Hideyuki Hara, Pance Naumov

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A single crystal of the cis-dimer of nitrosobenzene was directly observed by photocrystallography to transition to a pair of monomers and reversibly redimerize. The remarkable displacement of the nitrogen atoms within the crystal - moving a total distance of 2.97(5) Å for the two atoms - suggests that the breadth of solid-state photochemical reaction systems susceptible to X-ray diffraction studies need not be limited to those with very small atomic displacements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1293-1296
Number of pages4
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 7 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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