Title

Reactivity of neutral and charged B13 clusters with O < sup> 2 : A theoretical study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-25-2010

Abstract

The chemical reactivity of neutral, cationic, and anionic species of the gas phase B13 cluster with molecular oxygen, O2, was investigated using density functional theory. All three species of B 13 interact with an oxygen molecule to generate a variety of stable isomers, with those representing a dissociative chemisorption process forming the most stable configurations. Our results also show site-specific bonding of oxygen to the B13(+/0/-) cluster. The effect of sequential ionization on the formation of products is pronounced. In ionic B13 clusters, in addition to energetics, the spin of the reactants and products plays a vital role in determining the most favorable product channel. In addition, this study reveals a richness of phenomena requiring a unified consideration of energy, geometry, spin conversion, and details of the electronic structure not previously illustrated for the reactivity of boron clusters. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.

Publication Title

Journal of Chemical Physics

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