Photoacoustic Calorimetry; The Determination of Bond Dissociation Enthalpies in Solution and in the Gas Phase

  • Lucas J. J. Laarhoven
  • Peter Mulder
  • Danial D. M. Wayner
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASIC, volume 535)


Photoacoustic and photothermal techniques have provided numerous applications in physical and chemical research, ranging from spectroscopy to material testing. One of the more recent developments is photoacoustic calorimetry (PAC), which quantifies the enthalpy change that occurs in a photoinduced chemical process in solution. This review describes the recent advances in the application of PAC for the determination of bond dissociation enthalpies, BDEs (eq. 1, 2). Although the experiments are relatively straightforward there are a number of complications in the treatment of the data that, if not carefully considered, can lead to large systematic errors and erroneous results. However, in the recent period we have developed a detailed methodology to ensure that the PAC enthalpy determinations are also valid for the gas phase.


Hydrogen Abstraction Reaction Enthalpy Photoacoustic Signal Bond Dissociation Enthalpy Solvation Enthalpy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucas J. J. Laarhoven
    • 1
  • Peter Mulder
    • 1
  • Danial D. M. Wayner
    • 2
  1. 1.Leiden Institute of ChemistryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Steacie Institute for Molecular SciencesNational Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada

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