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Emerging Nonvalence Anion States of [Isoprene-H·]·H2O Accessed via Detachment of OH·Isoprene

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posted on 04.03.2020, 22:43 by Marissa A. Dobulis, Michael C. Thompson, Kellyn M. Patros, Thomas Sommerfeld, Caroline Chick Jarrold
The anion photoelectron imaging spectra of an ion with m/z 85, generated under ion source conditions that optimize OH production in a coexpansion with isoprene, are presented and analyzed with supporting calculations. A spectroscopic feature observed at a vertical electron detachment energy of 2.45 eV, which dominates the photoelectron spectrum measured at 3.495 eV photon energy, is consistent with the OH·isoprene ion–molecule complex, while additional signal observed at lower electron binding energy can be attributed to other constitutional isomers. However, spectra measured over a 2.2–2.6 eV photon energy range, i.e., from near threshold of the predominant OH·isoprene detachment feature through the vertical detachment energy, exhibit sharp features with common electron kinetic energies, suggesting autodetachment from a temporary anion prepared by photoexcitation. The photon energy independence of the electron kinetic energy of these features along with the low dipole moment predicted for the neutral OH·isoprene van der Waals complex, suggest a complex photon-driven process. We present calculations supporting a hypothesis that near-threshold production of the OH···isoprene reactive complex results in hydrogen abstraction of the isoprene molecule. The newly formed activated complex anion supports a dipole bound state that temporarily traps the near zero-kinetic energy electron and then autodetaches, encoding the low-frequency modes of the dehydrogenated neutral isoprene radical in the electron kinetic energies.