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Electron impact on N2/CH4 mixtures in He droplets—probing chemistry in Titan's atmosphere

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In this work a low-energy electron beam is used to irradiate mixtures of nitrogen and methane in helium droplets. The formation of heterogeneous ionic species due to ionization is observed and the corresponding chemical structures and binding energies are calculated. Formation of a CN bond in CH3N2+ is shown computationally, which indicates the possibility of synthesis of true chemical bonds. The formation of CN bonds in organic molecules is of relevance for understanding atmospheric chemistry, for example in Titan's atmosphere.

Graphical abstract: Electron impact on N2/CH4 mixtures in He droplets—probing chemistry in Titan's atmosphere

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The article was received on 13 Jul 2012, accepted on 04 Sep 2012 and first published on 26 Sep 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21444J
Citation: RSC Adv., 2012,2, 10492-10495
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    Electron impact on N2/CH4 mixtures in He droplets—probing chemistry in Titan's atmosphere

    S. Ptasinska, I. Tolbatov, P. Bartl, J. Yurkovich, B. Coffey, D. M. Chipman, C. Leidlmair, H. Schöbel, P. Scheier and N. J. Mason, RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 10492
    DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21444J

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