From isolated diamondoids to a van-der-Waals crystal: A theoretical and experimental analysis of a trishomocubane and a diamantane dimer in the gas and solid phase

Christoph Tyborski, Reinhard Meinke, Roland Gillen, Tobias Bischoff, Andre Knecht, Robert Richter, Andrea Merli, Andrey A. Fokin, Tetyana Koso, Vladimir Rodionov, Peter R. Schreiner, Thomas Möller, Torbjörn Rander, Christian Thomsen, Janina Maultzsch

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Abstract

The electronic properties of sp 2/sp 3 diamondoids in the crystalline state and in the gas phase are presented. Apparent differences in electronic properties experimentally observed by resonance Raman spectroscopy in the crystalline/gas phase and absorption measurements in the gas phase were investigated by density functional theory computations. Due to a reorganization of the molecular orbitals in the crystalline phase, the HOMO (highest occupied molecular orbital) and LUMO (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) energy gaps are lowered significantly by 0.5 eV-1 eV. The π → π∗ transition is responsible for large absorption in both gas and crystalline phases. It further causes a large increase in the Raman intensity of the C=C stretch vibration when excited resonantly. By resonance Raman spectroscopy we were able to determine the C=C bond length of the trishomocubane dimer to exhibit 1.33 Å in the ground and 1.41 Å in the excited state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044303
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume147
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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