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Electron-transfer and chemical reactivity following collisions of Ar2+ with C2H2

Parkes, MA; Lockyear, JF; Price, SD; (2009) Electron-transfer and chemical reactivity following collisions of Ar2+ with C2H2. INT J MASS SPECTROM , 280 (1-3) 85 - 92. 10.1016/j.ijms.2008.07.027.

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Abstract

The reaction between Ar2+ and C2H2 has been studied, at centre-of-mass collision energies ranging from 3 to 7eV, using a position-sensitive coincidence technique to detect the monocation pairs, which are formed. Sixteen different reaction channels generating pairs of monocations have been observed, these channels arise from double-electron-transfer, single-electron-transfer and chemical reactions forming ArC+. Examination of the scattering diagrams and energetic information extracted from the coincidence data indicate that double-electron-transfier is a direct process, which does not involve a collision complex, and the derived energetics point towards a concerted, not stepwise, mechanism for the two-electron-transfer. As is commonly observed, single-electron-transfer from C2H2 to Ar2+ takes place via a direct mechanism, again not involving complexation. Most of the C2H2+ products that are formed in the single-electron-transfer reactions possess significant (12-15eV) internal energy and fragment rapidly within the electric field of the partner Ar+ ion. The chemical reactions appear to proceed via a direct mechanism involving the initial formation of ArCH+, which subsequently fragments to form ArC+. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:Electron-transfer and chemical reactivity following collisions of Ar2+ with C2H2
DOI:10.1016/j.ijms.2008.07.027
Keywords:Ionisation, Ion molecule, Dication, Ethyne, Coincidence, BOND-FORMING REACTIONS, SENSITIVE COINCIDENCE SPECTROSCOPY, PHOTOELECTRON-PHOTOION COINCIDENCE, DOUBLE-CHARGE-TRANSFER, RARE-GAS ATOMS, MOLECULAR DICATIONS, DISSOCIATIVE IONIZATION, ACETYLENE DICATION, IONIC REACTIONS, DYNAMICS
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry

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