Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Compounds I

  • Editors
  • Vincenzo Balzani
  • Sebastiano Campagna

Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 280)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Vincenzo Balzani, Giacomo Bergamini, Sebastiano Campagna, Fausto Puntoriero
    Pages 1-36
  3. Nicola Armaroli, Gianluca Accorsi, François Cardinali, Andrea Listorti
    Pages 69-115
  4. Sebastiano Campagna, Fausto Puntoriero, Francesco Nastasi, Giacomo Bergamini, Vincenzo Balzani
    Pages 117-214
  5. Maria Teresa Indelli, Claudio Chiorboli, Franco Scandola
    Pages 215-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-273

About this book

Introduction

Photochemistry (a term that broadly speaking includes photophysics) is abranchofmodernsciencethatdealswiththeinteractionoflightwithmatter and lies at the crossroadsof chemistry, physics, and biology. However, before being a branch of modern science, photochemistry was (and still is today), an extremely important natural phenomenon. When God said: “Let there be light”, photochemistry began to operate, helping God to create the world as wenowknowit.Itislikelythatphotochemistrywasthesparkfortheoriginof life on Earth and played a fundamental role in the evolution of life. Through the photosynthetic process that takes place in green plants, photochemistry is responsible for the maintenance of all living organisms. In the geological past photochemistry caused the accumulation of the deposits of coal, oil, and naturalgasthat wenowuseasfuels.Photochemistryisinvolved inthecontrol ofozoneinthestratosphereandinagreatnumber ofenvironmentalprocesses thatoccurintheatmosphere,inthesea,andonthesoil.Photochemistryisthe essenceoftheprocessofvisionandcausesavarietyofbehavioralresponsesin living organisms. Photochemistry as a science is quite young; we only need to go back less than one century to ?nd its early pioneer [1]. The concept of coordination compounds is also relatively young; it was established in 1892, when Alfred Werner conceived his theory of metal complexes [2]. Since then, the terms coordination compound and metal complex have been used as synonyms, even if in the last 30 years, coordination chemistry has extended its scope to the binding ofall kinds of substrates [3, 4].

Keywords

coordination compounds inorganic chemistry photochemistry photophysics physical chemistry

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-73347-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-73346-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-73347-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0340-1022
  • Series Online ISSN 1436-5049
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