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Benefits of Organic Photochemistry
When a molecule is irradiated with a frequency that matches the energy difference between ground and excited state, a photochemical reaction may occur. These type of reactions differ significantly form the traditional reactions:
- The excited states are rich in energy. Therefore reactions may occur that are highly endothermic in the ground state.
- In the excited state antibonding orbitals are occupied. This may allow reactions which are not possible for electronic reasons in the ground state.
- Photochemical reaction can include singlet and triplet states. Thermal reactions usually only show singlet states. In photochemical reaction intermediates may be formed which are not accessible at thermal conditions.
The web site "Organic Photochemistry" is an excellent starting point for both a researcher new to the field as an expert who is looking for a intuitively organized web site about this subject.
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