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Title: Microhydrated aromatic cluster cations: Binding motifs of 4-aminobenzonitrile-(H{sub 2}O){sub n} cluster cations with n ≤ 4

Infrared photodissociation (IRPD) spectra of mass-selected 4-aminobenzonitrile-(water){sub n} cluster cations, ABN{sup +}-(H{sub 2}O){sub n} with n ≤ 4, recorded in the N–H and O–H stretch ranges are analyzed by quantum chemical calculations at the M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level to determine the evolution of the initial microhydration process of this bifunctional aromatic cation in its ground electronic state. IRPD spectra of cold clusters tagged with Ar and N{sub 2} display higher resolution and allow for a clear-cut structural assignment. The clusters are generated in an electron impact source, which generates predominantly the most stable isomers. The IRPD spectra are assigned to single isomers for n = 1–3. The preferred cluster growth begins with sequential hydration of the two acidic NH protons of the amino group (n = 1–2), which is followed by attachment of secondary H{sub 2}O ligands hydrogen-bonded to the first-shell ligands (n = 3–4). These symmetric and branched structures are more stable than those with a cyclic H-bonded solvent network. Moreover, in the size range n ≤ 4 the formation of a solvent network stabilized by strong cooperative effects is favored over interior ion hydration which is destabilized by noncooperative effects. The potential of the ABN{sup +}-H{sub 2}O dimer is characterizedmore » in detail and supports the cluster growth derived from the IRPD spectra. Although the N–H bonds are destabilized by stepwise microhydration, which is accompanied by increasing charge transfer from ABN{sup +} to the solvent cluster, no proton transfer to the solvent is observed for n ≤ 4.« less
Authors:
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  1. Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik, Technische Universität Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 36, 10623 Berlin (Germany)
  2. Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22413265
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 21; 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; ALLOCATIONS; CATIONS; DISSOCIATION; ELECTRONS; HYDRATION; HYDROGEN; LIGANDS; PHOTOLYSIS; PROTONS; SOLVENTS; SPECTRA; WATER