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J Phys Chem A. 2014 Aug 21;118(33):6425-34. doi: 10.1021/jp501634w. Epub 2014 Apr 28.

Electronic states of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) as studied by VUV spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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  • 1Laboratório de Colisões Atómicas e Moleculares, CEFITEC, Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa , 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal.


The electronic spectroscopy of isolated tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) in the gas phase has been investigated using high-resolution photoabsorption spectroscopy in the 5.0-10.8 eV energy-range, with absolute cross-section measurements derived. The He(I) photoelectron spectrum was also collected to quantify ionization energies in the 9-16 eV spectral region. These experiments are supported by the first high-level ab initio calculations performed on the excited states of the neutral molecule and on the ground and excited state of the positive ion. The good agreement between the theoretical results and the measurements allows us to quantify for the first time the electronic-state spectroscopy of THFA. The present work also considers the question of the lowest energy conformers of the molecule and its population distribution at room temperature.

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