Solvated Electron Models

Howat, George (1972) Solvated Electron Models. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The theory of solvated electrons is traced from its early origins. The successes and limitations of these treatments are discussed. An alternative viewpoint, which considers the local interactions between the surplus electron and the molecules in its immediate environment, is developed. Dimeric and tetrameric models for the excess electron in water and ammonia are proposed and investigated by way of semi-empirical molecular orbital theory. The peak positions calculated for the optical absorption spectrum of the electron in water, ammonia and ammonia-water mixtures are in fair agreement with experimental observations. Variations in peak position with pressure and temperature are in accord with experiment. Dilation measurements are suggested to be better accomodated by a lattice expansion than by cavity formation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Molecular chemistry, Physical chemistry, Molecular physics
Date of Award: 1972
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1972-78597
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 15:09
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 15:09

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