Aqueous pyruvate partly dissociates under deep ultraviolet irradiation but is resilient to near ultraviolet excitation

Jan Thøgersen, Fani Madzharova, Tobias Weidner, Frank Jensen*

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Abstract

The deep ultraviolet photochemistry of aqueous pyruvate is believed to have been essential to the origin of life, and near ultraviolet excitation of pyruvate in aqueous aerosols is assumed to contribute significantly to the photochemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere. However, the primary photochemistry of aqueous pyruvate is unknown. Here we study the susceptibility of aqueous pyruvate to photodissociation by deep ultraviolet and near ultraviolet irradiation with femtosecond spectroscopy supported by density functional theory calculations. The primary photo-dynamics of the aqueous pyruvate show that upon deep-UV excitation at 200 nm, about one in five excited pyruvate anions have dissociated by decarboxylation 100 ps after the excitation, while the rest of the pyruvate anions return to the ground state. Upon near-UV photoexcitation at a wavelength of 340 nm, the dissociation yield of aqueous pyruvate 200 ps after the excitation is insignificant and no products are observed. The experimental results are explained by our calculations, which show that aqueous pyruvate anions excited at 200 nm have sufficient excess energy for decarboxylation, whereas excitation at 340 nm provides the aqueous pyruvate anions with insufficient energy to overcome the decarboxylation barrier.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer1978
TidsskriftNature Communications
Vol/bind15
Nummer1
Antal sider11
ISSN2041-1723
DOI
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2024

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