Oxidation of small carbon cluster ions by O2: Effects of structure on the reaction mechanism

Sowa, Marianne B.; Anderson, Scott L.
December 1992
Journal of Chemical Physics;12/1/1992, Vol. 97 Issue 11, p8164
Academic Journal
We report cross sections for reaction of mass-selected carbon cluster ions (Cn+, n=2–14) with O2 over a collision energy range of 0.1–10 eV. The results give insight into the oxidation mechanism and how it is affected by the isomeric structure of the reactant cluster ion. Small clusters, which are linear, react with no activation barrier, producing primarily CnO+ at low energies. Larger clusters, which are monocyclic, have activation barriers for reaction, and the product distribution is quite different. Reactions were also studied under multiple collision conditions, and addition of up to two O atoms is observed. Possible reaction mechanisms are discussed and comparison is made with the thermal kinetics results of McElvany and co-workers [J. Chem Phys. 86, 715 (1987)].


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