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Bond and site selectivity in dissociative electron attachment to gas phase and condensed phase ethanol and trifluoroethanol

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The formation of negative ions following electron impact to ethanol (CH3CH2OH) and trifluoroethanol (CF3CH2OH) is studied in the gas phase by means of a crossed electron–molecular beam experiment and in the condensed phase via Electron Stimulated Desorption (ESD) of fragment ions from the corresponding molecular films under UHV conditions. Gas phase ethanol exhibits two pronounced resonances, located at 5.5 eV and 8.2 eV, associated with a remarkable selectivity in the decomposition of the precursor ion. While the low energy resonance exclusively decomposes into O, that at higher energy generates OH and a comparatively small signal of [CH3CH2O] due to the loss of a neutral hydrogen. CF3CH2OH shows a completely different behaviour, as now an intense feature at 1.7 eV appears associated with the loss of a neutral hydrogen atom exclusively occurring at the O site. The H formation from the gas phase compounds is below the detection limit of the present experiment, while in ESD from 3 MonoLayer (ML) films of CH3CH2OH and CF3CH2OH the most intense fragment is H, appearing from a broad resonant feature between 7 and 12 eV. With CF3CH2OH, by using the isotopically-labelled analogues CF3CD2OH and CF3CH2OD it can be shown that this feature consists of two resonances, one located at 8 eV leading to H/D loss from the O site and a second resonance located at 10 eV leading to the loss of H/D from the CH2 site.

Graphical abstract: Bond and site selectivity in dissociative electron attachment to gas phase and condensed phase ethanol and trifluoroethanol

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The article was received on 31 Jan 2007, accepted on 02 Apr 2007 and first published on 26 Apr 2007


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B701543G
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007,9, 3424-3431

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    Bond and site selectivity in dissociative electron attachment to gas phase and condensed phase ethanol and trifluoroethanol

    M. Orzol, I. Martin, J. Kocisek, I. Dabkowska, J. Langer and E. Illenberger, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007, 9, 3424
    DOI: 10.1039/B701543G

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