Dissociation dynamics and stability of cyclopentoxy and cyclopentoxide

Leah S. Alconcel, Robert E. Continetti*

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Cyclopentoxide c-C5H9O- undergoes photodetachment to stable cyclopentoxy or the ring-opened 5-oxo-pentan-1-yl radical and dissociative photodetachment, yielding C3H5O and C2H4 photofragments, at both 532 and 355 nm. The adiabatic electron affinity of c-C5H9O- is estimated from the experimental results and ab intio calculations to be 1.5 ± 0.1 eV. The results show that c-C5H9O- is stable relative to dissociation into C3H5O- and C2H4 by 1.23 ± 0.07 eV, whereas c-C5H9O is unstable relative to C3H5O and C2H4 by -0.12 ± 0.12 eV. These results are discussed in terms of the factors affecting the stability of cyclic alkoxides and the corresponding alkoxy radicals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-649
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2002

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation (CHE-0136195) and a grant of computer time from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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