Solvent-induced Infrared Frequency Shifts in Aromatic Nitriles are Quantitatively Described by the Vibrational Stark Effect

Levinson, N. M.; Fried, S. D.; Boxer, S. G. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116, 10470-10476. (Rich Mathies festschrift) [DOI]

We show that a vibration’s solvatochromic sensitivity is linearly proportional to the vibration’s Stark tuning rate. This suggests that solvent-induced frequency shifts can be largely explained as a Stark effect.

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