The Electronic Transitions of Molecular Oxygen

  • Mikkel Bregnhøj

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-151

About this book


This book presents the fundamentals and the state of the art of the photophysics of molecular oxygen. The author examines optical transitions between the lowest-lying electronic states in molecular oxygen and how these transitions respond to perturbation, either from an organic molecule or from the plasmon field of a metal nanoparticle.

We live on a planet filled with light and oxygen. The interaction between these two components forms the basis of excited state chemistry spanning the fields of synthetic organic chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular biology, and photodynamic treatment of cancer. Still, the fundamental ways in which oxygen is affected by light is an active subject of research and is continually being developed and rationalized.

In this book, readers will learn that singlet oxygen, the excited state of oxygen that exhibits unique chemical reactivity, can be selectively made via direct optical excitation of oxygen in a sensitizer-free system. Readers will also discover that this approach can perturb living cells differently depending on the singlet oxygen “dose”.


Molecular Oxygen Singlet Oxygen Oxygen Photophysics Oxygen Phosphorescence Forbidden Electronic Transitions Metal Nanoparticle Plasmonics Photodynamic Therapy Plasmonic Enhancement Oxygen Absorption Strickler-Berg relation Minaev's Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Mikkel Bregnhøj
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryAarhus UniversityAarhus Denmark

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