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Dissociative electron attachment and anion-induced dimerization in pyruvic acid

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Abstract

We report partial cross sections for the dissociative electron attachment to pyruvic acid. A rich fragmentation dynamics is observed. Electronic structure calculations facilitate the identification of complex rearrangement reactions that occur during the dissociation. Furthermore, a number of fragment anions produced at electron energies close to 0 eV are observed, that cannot originate from single electron–molecule collisions. We ascribe their production to secondary reactions of the transient anions with neutral molecules. Such reactions turn out to be unusually efficient; the most probable reason for this is that they proceed via the formation of a double-hydrogen-bonded complex followed by an ultrafast proton transfer between the reaction partners.

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Submitted
05 Nov 2017
Accepted
02 Jan 2018
First published
19 Jan 2018

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 6838-6844
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Dissociative electron attachment and anion-induced dimerization in pyruvic acid

M. Zawadzki, M. Ranković, J. Kočišek and J. Fedor, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 6838
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP07472G

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