A multiconfigurational quantum-chemistry standpoint on the interaction of boranes with light
Daniel Roca-Sanjuán,a Antonio Francés-Monerrisa,b
a) Institut de Ciència Molecular, Universitat de València, Catedrático José Beltrán Martínez 2, 46980 Paterna, Spain.
b) Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Théoriques, Université de Lorraine, CNRS, Nancy F-54000, France.
Multiconfigurational quantum chemistry (MCQC)  is a useful computational tool to explore the physical and chemical properties of the excited electronic states originated in light-matter interactions. Radiationless decay mechanisms, luminescence and triplet population efficiencies or photo-reaction phenomena can be described by MCQC with a high enough level of accuracy, which is possible because the technique correctly describes the open-shell electronic configurations of the excited states and the complex nature of state crossings. During the last five years, we have used MCQC to provide a rationale on the distinct luminescence properties of pure boron hydrides and composites with organic components [2-6]. More recently, we have also described the thermal and photochemical conversion mechanisms between isomers of boranes . In this contribution, we shall review the most relevant findings and we will establish relationships between the experimental spectroscopic/photochemical observations and MCQC outcomes making use of theoretical objects such as conical intersections and singlet-triplet crossings.
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