Deutsch Intern
    Research group of Ingo Fischer

    Reaction Dynamics of Radicals, Biradicals and Carbenes

    We are particularly interested in hydrocarbon radicals and carbenes that appear as intermediates in combustion, hydrocarbon cracking, atmospheric and astrochemistry. The issues we are most interested in are the electronic strucuture of radicals, the kinetics (i.e. rates) and dynamics (i.e. mchanistic details) of their unimolecular reactionsthe structure and reactivity of their cations. Due to the high reactivity we carry out our experiments in molecular beams in order to avoid collisions. Radicals are generated by flash pyrolysis: A suitable precursor seeded in a rare gas  is expanded through a pulsed valve with an electrically heated SiC tube mounted at the exit. If the conditions are chosen just right, the thermochemically most labile bond in the precursor is cleaved and a clean and intense radical beam is obtained. Now the intrinsic properties of the radicals are spectroscopically studied. To obtain a complete picture of a radicals we assemble results obtained by various spectroscopic methods, like multiphoton ionization, photoelectron spectroscopy, time-resolved spectroscopy and photofragment spectroscopy. 

    The project is supported by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft".

    Coworker:  Florian Hirsch, Anja Röder, Kai Pachner

    Selected publications:

    A. Röder, A. Humeniuk, J. Giegerich, I. Fischer, L. Poisson, R. Mitric
    Femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of the benzyl radical
    Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys. 19, 12365 (2017)

    P. Constantinidis, F. Hirsch, I. Fischer, A. Dey, A. M. Rijs
    Products of the Propargyl Self-Reaction at High Temperatures Investigated by IR/UV Ion Dip Spectroscopy
    J. Phys. Chem. A 121, 181 (2017)

    H.-C- Schmitt, M. Flock, E. Welz, B. Engels, H. Schneider, U. Radius, I. Fischer
    Electronic Structure and Excited-State Dynamics of an Arduengo-Type Carbene and its Imidazolone Oxidation Product
    Chem. Eur. J. 21, 3084 (2017)

    J. Giegerich, J. Petersen, R. Mitric, I. Fischer
    Photodissociation dynamics of propargylene, HCCCH
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 6294 (2014)

    J. Giegerich, I. Fischer
    Photodissociation dynamics of fulvenallene, C7H6
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15,13162 (2013)

    C. Alcaraz, I. Fischer, D. Schröder
    Radical Chemistry in the Gas PhaseIn: Encylopedia of Radicals in Chemistry,
    Biology and Materials, Ed. A. Studer & C. Chatgilialoglu (John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2012), 477-502

    M. Steinbauer, J. Giegerich, K. H. Fischer, I. Fischer
    The Photodissociation Dynamics of the Ethyl Radical, C2H5, Investigated by Velocity Map Imaging
    J. Chem. Phys. 137, 014303 (2012)

    K. Fischer, J. Herterich, I. Fischer, S. Jaeqx, A. Rijs
    Phenylpropargyl radicals and their dimerization products: An IR/UV double resonance study
    J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 8515 (2012)