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Double ionization of cycloheptatriene and the reactions of the resulting C7Hn2+ dications (n=6, 8) with xenon
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Ascenzi D, Aysina J, Zins EL, Schroder D, Zabka J, Alcaraz C, Price SD, Roithova J
  • Publisher:
    ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
  • Publication date:
    2011
  • Pagination:
    18330, 18338
  • Journal:
    PHYS CHEM CHEM PHYS
  • Volume:
    13
  • Issue:
    41
  • Print ISSN:
    1463-9076
  • Language:
    EN
  • Keywords:
    BOND-FORMING REACTIONS, GAS-PHASE REACTIONS, MOLECULAR DICATIONS, DOUBLE-PHOTOIONIZATION, SYNCHROTRON-RADIATION, HYDROCARBON DICATIONS, 2-ELECTRON ESCAPE, ELECTRON-TRANSFER, PHENYLIUM IONS, THRESHOLD LAW
  • Addresses:
    Ascenzi, D
    Univ Trent
    Dept Phys
    I-38123
    Povo
    Italy

    Univ Paris 06
    Lab Dynam Interact & React
    UMR CNRS UPMC 7075
    F-75252
    Paris
    05
    France

    Synchrotron SOLEIL
    F-91192
    Gif Sur Yvette
    France
Abstract
The formation and fragmentation of the molecular dication C7H82+ from cycloheptatriene (CHT) and the bimolecular reactivities of C7H82+ and C7H62+ are studied using multipole-based tandem mass spectrometers with either electron ionization or photoionization using synchrotron radiation. From the photoionization studies, an apparent double-ionization energy of CHT of (22.67 +/- 0.05) eV is derived, and the appearance energy of the most abundant fragment ion C7H62+, formed via H-2 elimination, is determined as (23.62 +/- 0.07) eV. Analysis of both the experimental data as well as results of theoretical calculations strongly indicate, however, that an adiabatic transition to the dication state is not possible upon photoionization of neutral CHT and the experimental value is just considered as an upper bound. Instead, an analysis via two different Born-Haber cycles suggests (IE)-I-2(CHT) - (21.6 +/- 0.2) eV. Further, the bimolecular reactivities of the C7Hn2+ dications (n = 6, 8), generated via double ionization of CHT as a precursor, with xenon as well as nitrogen lead, inter alia, to the formation of the organo-xenon dication C7H6Xe2+ and the corresponding nitrogen adduct C(7)H(6)N2(2+).
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