Ion–Molecule Reactions in Helium Nanodroplets Doped with C60 and Water Clusters (pages 8940–8943)
Stephan Denifl, Fabio Zappa, Ingo Mähr, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Abid Aleem, Andreas Mauracher, Michael Probst, Jan Urban, Pavel Mach, Arntraud Bacher, Olof Echt, Tilmann D. Märk and Paul Scheier
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200904381
Double trouble: The binding between C60+ and (H2O)4 is surprisingly weak in a charged C60–H2O tetramer complex formed in helium nanodroplets (see picture). Doubly charged C602+ intermediates are proposed to form by charge transfer with He+; these intermediates can trigger ion–molecule reactions that may play a role in molecular synthesis in interstellar clouds and solar nebula.