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Size-dependent reactivity of aluminum cluster cations toward water molecules

  • Masashi Arakawa
  • Kei Kohara
  • Tomonori Ito
  • Akira TerasakiEmail author
Regular Article
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  1. Topical issue: ISSPIC 16 - 16th International Symposium on Small Particles and Inorganic Clusters

Abstract

We present gas-phase reaction of size-selected aluminum cluster cations (Al N + , N = 3–19) with a water molecule. As major reaction products, Al N O+ and Al N (H2O)+ were observed for N ≥ 6 under single-collision conditions. The production of Al N O+ implies that Al N + reacts with a H2O molecule to form Al N O+ and H2. In contrast to the previous report on H2 generation by Al N -, a wider size range of Al N + exhibited high reactivity via a different mechanism. Selective formation of either Al N O+ or Al N (H2O)+ was observed in the size range of 6 ≤ N ≤ 13. Our results suggest that the internal energy of a precursor complex [Al N (H2O)+] is relevant to the selectivity of the reaction products.

Keywords

Internal Energy High Occupied Molecular Orbital Reaction Cell Aluminum Powder Precursor Complex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masashi Arakawa
    • 1
  • Kei Kohara
    • 1
  • Tomonori Ito
    • 1
  • Akira Terasaki
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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