Characterization of the hydrogen-bonded cluster ions [phenol-(H2O)n]+ (n = 1-4), (phenol)2+, and (phenol-methanol)+ as studied by trapped ion infrared multiphoton dissociation spectroscopy of their OH stretching vibrations

Takahiro Sawamura, Asuka Fujii, Shin Sato, Takayuki Ebata, Naohiko Mikami

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Abstract

OH stretching vibrations of hydrogen-bonded cluster ions of phenol (PhOH), [PhOH-(H2O)n]+ (n = 1-4), (PhOH)2+, and (PhOH-methanol)+ have been observed with infrared photodissociation spectroscopy in combination with an ion-trapping technique. Cluster ions were efficiently generated by ionization of phenol followed by a jet expansion and were mass-selectively stored by the radio frequency ion trap method, which allows us to observe infrared multiphoton dissociation yield spectra of size-selected cluster ions. For [PhOH-(H2O)n]+, the OH stretching vibrations of the water moieties strongly suggested that the n ≥ 3 cluster ions exhibit the proton-transferred form, [PhO-H3O+(H2O)n-1], while the n = 1 and 2 ions are of the nontransferred form, [PhOH+-(H2O)n]. As for (PhOH)2+, the infrared spectra indicate that the dimer ion is characterized as the open form, in which the phenol ion acts as a proton donor and the neutral phenol as an acceptor through their single hydrogen bond. The similar open form is also found for (PhOH-methanol)+, in which the phenol ion acts as a proton donor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8131-8138
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Volume100
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1996 May 16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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