The continuum model of dipolar solvation dynamics is reviewed. The effects of non-spherical molecular shapes, of non-Debye dielectric relaxation of the polar solvent and of dielectric inhomogeneity of the solvent around the solute dipole are investigated. Several new theoretical results are presented. It is found that our generalized continuum model, which takes into account the dielectric inhomogeneity of the surrounding solvent, provides a description of solvation dynamics consistent with recent experimental results.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics