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Title: Probing the Early Stages of Solvation of cis-Pinate Dianions by Water, Acetonitrile, and Methanol: A Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Theoretical Study

Cis-pinic acid is one of the most important oxidation products of α-pinene – a key monoterpene compound in biogenic emission processes affecting the atmosphere. Molecular level understanding of interactions involved in the cluster formations around cis-pinic acid is an important and necessary prerequisite toward ascertaining its role in the aerosol formation processes. In this work, we studied the structures and energetics of the solvated clusters of cis-pinate (cis-PA²⁻), the doubly deprotonated dicarboxylate of cis-pinic acid, with H₂O, CH₃OH, and CH₃CN by negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio theoretical calculations. We found that cis-PA²⁻ prefers being solvated alternately on the two -CO₂⁻ groups with increase of solvent coverage, a well-known solvation pattern that has been observed in microhydrated linear dicarboxylate dianion (DCn²⁻) clusters. Experiments and calculations further reveal an intriguing feature for the existence of the asymmetric type isomers for cis-PA2–(H2O)2 and cis-PA²⁻(CH₃OH)₂, in which both solvent molecules interact with only one of the -CO²⁻ groups – a phenomena that has not been observed in DCn²⁻ water clusters and exhibits the subtle effect of the rigid four-membered carbon ring brought in on the cis-PA²⁻ solvation. The dominant interactions between cis-PA²⁻ and solvent molecules are forming bidentate O–···H–O H-bonds for H₂O,more » O–···H–O and O–···H–C H-bonds for CH₃OH, and tridentate O–···H–C H-bonds for CH₃CN. The formation of inter-solvent H-bonds between H₂O and CH₃CN is found to be favorable in mixed solvent clusters, distinctly different from that between H₂O and CH₃OH. These findings have important implications for understanding the mechanism of cluster growth and nucleation of atmospheric organic aerosols and the nature of structure-function relationship of proteins containing carboxylate groups under various solvent environments.« less
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Journal ID: ISSN 1463-9076; 48537; KC0301050; KP1704020
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Journal Name: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. PCCP (Print); Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 5
Royal Society of Chemistry
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory