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Dissociative ionisation of adamantane: a combined theoretical and experimental study

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Diamond nanoparticles, or nanodiamonds, are intriguing carbon-based materials which, maybe surprisingly, are the most abundant constituent of presolar grains. While the spectroscopic properties of even quite large diamondoids have already been explored, little is known about their unimolecular fragmentation processes. In this paper we characterise the dissociative ionisation of adamantane (C10H16) – the smallest member of the diamondoid family – utilising imaging Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence (iPEPICO) spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We have found adamantane to dissociatively photoionise via several parallel channels of which H, C3H7 and C4H8 losses are the most important ones. Calculations confirm the existence of a rate-limiting transition state for the multiple C-loss channels, which is located at 10.55 eV with respect to neutral adamantane. In addition, we found dissociation channels leading to small cationic hydrocarbons, which may be relevant in the interstellar medium.

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Submitted
31 Aug 2017
Accepted
10 Nov 2017
First published
17 Nov 2017

This article is Open Access

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 5399-5406
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Dissociative ionisation of adamantane: a combined theoretical and experimental study

A. Candian, J. Bouwman, P. Hemberger, A. Bodi and A. G. G. M. Tielens, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 5399 DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05957D

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