Theoretical study of cyclohexadiene/hexatriene photochemical interconversion using spin-Flip time-Dependent density functional theory

Salazar, E. & Faraji, S., 14-May-2020, In : Molecular Physics. 12 p., 1764120.

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The photochemical interconversion between 1,3-cyclohexadiene (CHD) and all-cis-hexatriene (cZc-HT) is reinvestigated using spin-flip time-dependent density functional theory in combination with various hybrid functionals, BHHLYP functional showing the best performance. The critical geometries of the ground, S (Formula presented.), and the first two excited-state, S (Formula presented.) and S (Formula presented.), potential energy surfaces, such as, various minima, transition state, minimum-energy crossing points between S (Formula presented.) /S (Formula presented.) and S (Formula presented.) /S (Formula presented.) show an excellent agreement with those obtained by multireference wave function methods. Our results show how a low-cost method based on DFT can successfully describe and characterise the most important geometries on the potential energy surfaces along the ring-opening/closure reaction coordinate involved in the CHD to cZc-HT photoconversion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1764120
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Physics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14-May-2020


  • Photochemistry, electrocyclic reactions, spin-Flip, conical intersection, minimum-energy crossing point, OPTIMIZING CONICAL INTERSECTIONS, DYNAMICS, 1,3-CYCLOHEXADIENE, SPECTROSCOPY, PATHS

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