Characterization of the anionic intracluster polymerization reaction product of 2-chloroacrylonitrile trimers by photoelectron spectroscopy

T Tsukuda, T Kondow, C E H Dessent, C G Bailey, M A Johnson, J H Hendricks, S A Lyapustina, K H Bowen

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Abstract

Photoelectron spectra are presented for the [(CAN)(3)-3HCl](-) product formed by electron attachment onto clusters of 2-chloroacrylonitrile (CAN; CH2=CClCN), and for the molecular anion of 1,3,5-tricyanobenzene (TCB; C6H3(CN)(3)). The spectra show that the vertical detachment energy (VDE) of [(CAN)(3)-3HCl](-) (1.83 +/- 0.015 eV) is in good agreement with the VDE of TCB- (1.84 +/- 0.015 eV). This result suggests that electron attachment onto CAN clusters initiates an anionic polymerization reaction to form the cyclic trimer reaction product, TCB-, as inferred previously by Kondow and co-workers from an analysis of mass-spectral data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume269
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 1997

Keywords

  • GAS-PHASE
  • ELECTRON-ATTACHMENT
  • CLUSTER ANIONS
  • PHOTOFRAGMENTATION
  • DERIVATIVES
  • IONS

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