Time-resolved radiation chemistry: Femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy of electron attachment and photodissociation dynamics in iodide-nucleobase clusters

Alice Kunin, Daniel M. Neumark

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Abstract

Iodide-nucleobase (I-·N) clusters studied by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) are an opportune model system for examining radiative damage of DNA induced by low-energy electrons. By initiating charge transfer from iodide to the nucleobase and following the dynamics of the resulting transient negative ions (TNIs) with femtosecond time resolution, TRPES provides a novel window into the chemistry triggered by the attachment of low-energy electrons to nucleobases. In this Perspective, we examine and compare the dynamics of electron attachment, autodetachment, and photodissociation in a variety of I-·N clusters, including iodide-uracil (I-·U), iodide-thymine (I-·T), iodide-uracil-water (I-·U·H2O), and iodide-adenine (I-·A), to develop a more unified representation of our understanding of nucleobase TNIs. The experiments probe whether dipole-bound or valence-bound TNIs are formed initially and the subsequent time evolution of these species. We also provide an outlook for forthcoming applications of TRPES to larger iodide-containing complexes to enable the further investigation of microhydration dynamics in nucleobases, as well as electron attachment and photodissociation in more complex nucleic acid constituents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7239-7255
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume21
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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