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Type: Journal article
Title: Syntheses of NCN and NC₃N from ionic precursors in the gas phase and an unusual arrangement of neutral NC₃N: A joint experimental and theoretical study
Other Titles: Syntheses of NCN and NC(3)N from ionic precursors in the gas phase and an unusual arrangement of neutral NC(3)N: A joint experimental and theoretical study
Author: Blanksby, S.
Dua, S.
Bowie, J.
Schroder, D.
Schwarz, H.
Citation: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2000; 104(47):11248-11256
Publisher: Amer Chemical Soc
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 1089-5639
1520-5215
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Stephen J. Blanksby, Suresh Dua, and John H. Bowie, Detlef Schröder and Helmut Schwarz
Abstract: Neutral NCN is made in a mass spectrometer by charge stripping of NCN-•, while neutral dicyanocarbene NCCCN can be formed by neutralization of either the corresponding anionic and cationic species, NCCCN-• and NCCCN+•. Theoretical calculations at the RCCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ//B3LYP/6-31+G(d) level of theory indicate that the 3Σg- state of NCCCN is 18 kcal mol-1 more stable than the 1A1 state. While the majority of neutrals formed from either NCCCN-• or NCCCN+• correspond to NCCCN, a proportion of the neutral NCCCN molecules have sufficient excess energy to effect rearrangement, as evidenced by a loss of atomic carbon in the neutralization reionization (NR) spectra of either NCCCN+• and NCCCN-•. 13C labeling studies indicate that loss of carbon occurs statistically following or accompanied by scrambling of all three carbon atoms. A theoretical study at the B3LYP/6-31+G(d)//B3LYP/6-31+G(d) level of theory indicates that C loss is a consequence of the rearrangement sequence NCCCN → CNCCN → CNCNC and that C scrambling occurs within singlet CNCCN via the intermediacy of a four-membered C2v-symmetrical transition structure.
Description: Web Release Date: November 5, 2000
Rights: © 2000 American Chemical Society
RMID: 0001000357
DOI: 10.1021/jp001590q
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