Hydrogen-bonded ring closing and opening of protonated methanol clusters H+(CH3OH)n (n = 4-8) with the inert gas tagging

Ying Cheng Li, Toru Hamashima, Ryoko Yamazaki, Tomohiro Kobayashi, Yuta Suzuki, Kenta Mizuse, Asuka Fujii, Jer Lai Kuo

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The preferential hydrogen bond (H-bond) structures of protonated methanol clusters, H+(MeOH)n, in the size range of n = 4-8, were studied by size-selective infrared (IR) spectroscopy in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. The IR spectra of bare clusters were compared with those with the inert gas tagging by Ar, Ne, and N2, and remarkable changes in the isomer distribution with the tagging were found for clusters with n ≥ 5. The temperature dependence of the isomer distribution of the clusters was calculated by the quantum harmonic superposition approach. The observed spectral changes with the tagging were well interpreted by the fall of the cluster temperature with the tagging, which causes the transfer of the isomer distribution from the open and flexible H-bond network types to the closed and rigid ones. Anomalous isomer distribution with the tagging, which has been recently found for protonated water clusters, was also found for H+(MeOH)5. The origin of the anomaly was examined by the experiments on its carrier gas dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22042-22053
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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