Fluorination-dependent molecular orbital occupancy in ring-shaped perfluorocarbons†
Perfluorocarbons are a family of molecules consisting mainly of carbon and fluorine atoms. They have interesting chemical properties and have diverse applications in biomedicine, physical chemistry and polymer science. In this work, carbon K-edge absorption and emission spectra of liquid decalin are presented and compared to perfluorodecalin. A comprehensive picture of the electronic structure of decalin is provided based on soft X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies. Experimental data are compared to theoretical time-dependent density functional theory for the hydrocarbon, the perfluorocarbon and the stepwise fluorinated derivatives. We observed a molecular orbital change from unoccupied to occupied orbitals for perfluorodecalin, which was induced through the fluorination process.