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JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A
Published: MAY 29 2008
Small aluminum oxide cluster cations and anions, produced by laser vaporization, were investigated regarding their reactivity toward CO and N2O employing guided-ion-beam mass spectrometry. Clusters with the same stoichiometry as bulk alumina, Al2O3, exhibited atomic oxygen transfer products when reacted with CO, suggesting the formation of CO2. Anionic clusters were less reactive than cations but showed higher selectivity towards the transfer of only a single oxygen atom. Cationic clusters, in contrast, exhibited additional products corresponding to the sequential transfer of two oxygen atoms and the loss of an aluminum atom. To determine if these stoichiometric clusters could be generated from oxygen-deficient species, clusters having a stoichiometry with one less oxygen atom than bulk alumina, Al2O2, were reacted with N2O. Cationic clusters were found to be selectively oxidized to Al2O3+ while anionic clusters added both one and two oxygen atoms forming Al2O3- and Al2O4-. The oxygen-rich Al2O4- Cluster exhibited comparable reactivity to Al2O3 when reacted with CO.
Address (URL): http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jp7118313