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Addition of a Hydrogen Atom to Acetonitrile by Hydrated Electrons in Nanodroplets

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  • O. Petru Balaj,

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, 85 747 Garching, Germany, Fax: (+49) 89-289-13416
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  • Iulia Balteanu,

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, 85 747 Garching, Germany, Fax: (+49) 89-289-13416
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  • Brigitte S. Fox-Beyer Dr.,

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, 85 747 Garching, Germany, Fax: (+49) 89-289-13416
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  • Martin K. Beyer Dr.,

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, 85 747 Garching, Germany, Fax: (+49) 89-289-13416
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  • Vladimir E. Bondybey Prof. Dr.

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, 85 747 Garching, Germany, Fax: (+49) 89-289-13416
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  • Financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, and the European Union through the Research Training Network Reactive Intermediates is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

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Nanodroplets that contain hydrated electrons provide information complementary to standard radiolysis techniques. Although the reaction of hydrated electrons with acetonitrile was observed in solution 25 years ago, its product has only now been identified in a gas-phase experiment as the hydrogen adduct. The picture shows a solvent-stabilized radical anion, which is suggested as a reactive intermediate.

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