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Title: Comparative study of water reactivity with Mo{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} and W{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} clusters: A combined experimental and theoretical investigation

A computational investigation of the Mo{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} + H{sub 2}O (y = 4, 5) reactions as well as a photoelectron spectroscopic probe of the deuterated Mo{sub 2}O{sub 6}D{sub 2}{sup −} product have been carried out to understand a puzzling question from a previous study: Why is the rate constant determined for the Mo{sub 2}O{sub 5}{sup −} + H{sub 2}O/D{sub 2}O reaction, the terminal reaction in the sequential oxidation of Mo{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} by water, higher than the W{sub 2}O{sub 5}{sup −} + H{sub 2}O/D{sub 2}O reaction? This disparity was intriguing because W{sub 3}O{sub y}{sup −} clusters were found to be more reactive toward water than their Mo{sub 3}O{sub y}{sup −} analogs. A comparison of molecular structures reveals that the lowest energy structure of Mo{sub 2}O{sub 5}{sup −} provides a less hindered water addition site than the W{sub 2}O{sub 5}{sup −} ground state structure. Several modes of water addition to the most stable molecular and electronic structures of Mo{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup −} and Mo{sub 2}O{sub 5}{sup −} were explored computationally. The various modes are discussed and compared with previous computational studies on W{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} + H{sub 2}O reactions. Calculated free energy reaction profiles show lower barriersmore » for the initial Mo{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} + H{sub 2}O addition, consistent with the higher observed rate constant. The terminal Mo{sub 2}O{sub y}{sup −} sequential oxidation product predicted computationally was verified by the anion photoelectron spectrum of Mo{sub 2}O{sub 6}D{sub 2}{sup −}. Based on the computational results, this anion is a trapped dihydroxide intermediate in the Mo{sub 2}O{sub 5}{sup −} + H{sub 2}O/D{sub 2}O → Mo{sub 2}O{sub 6}{sup −} + H{sub 2}/D{sub 2} reaction.« less
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  1. Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22308372
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ANIONS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; FREE ENERGY; GROUND STATES; HEAVY WATER; MOLECULAR STRUCTURE; OXIDATION; PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; REACTION KINETICS; REACTIVITY