PELDOR in Photo- and Radiation Chemistry

  • Yuri D. TsvetkovEmail author
  • Michael K. Bowman
  • Yuri A. Grishin


Early applications of PELDOR or DEER spectroscopy involved photochemistry and radiation chemistry. The atoms and molecules that absorbed the initial radiation; the radical pairs and/or excited states produced in that primary interaction of radiation with matter; and the subsequent chemical reactions are all long-standing issues that could be addressed by accurate measurements of pair distribution functions between the free radical products. The same issues arise in biological photosynthesis. The movement of electrons and holes during the entire sequence of reactions provided a clear picture of the sequence of reactions. Some of the initial applications of pulsed EPR methods, in particular ESE, to molecular systems focused on radiation chemistry and photochemistry (Salikhov et al in Electron spin echo and its applications. Nauka, Novosibirsk, 1976 [1]; Salikhov and Tsvetkov et al in Time domain electron spin resonance. John Wiley, New York, 1979 [2]; Bowman et al in Applications of EPR in radiation research. Springer, Heidelberg, pp 581–627, 2014 [3]). PELDOR emerged as a method focusing on the spatial distributions of products.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri D. Tsvetkov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael K. Bowman
    • 2
  • Yuri A. Grishin
    • 3
  1. 1.The Voevodsky Institute of Chemical Kinetics and CombustionNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.The Voevodsky Institute of Chemical Kinetics and CombustionNovosibirskRussia

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