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Vacuum Ultraviolet Photoionization Studies of PtCH2 and H-Pt-CH3: A Potential Energy Surface for the Pt+CH4 Reaction


  • M.A., O.K., and the ALS are supported by the Director, Office of Energy Research, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences Division of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. M.P. and R.B.M. gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation under Award CHE-0911225.


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Does Charge Matter? Direct vacuum UV measurement of ionization energies reveals that C–H insertion by Pt to form H-Pt-CH3 is highly exoergic, while production of PtCH2+H2 is slightly endoergic. Experiments and spin-orbit DFT calculations reveal surprisingly similar energetics for dehydrogenation of methane by neutral and cationic platinum. Red lines in the picture indicate experimentally determined energies.