Direct observation of C60- nano-ion gas phase ozonation: Via ion mobility-mass spectrometry

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Abstract

Improved methods to probe the reactivity of nano-ions, such as C60-, would find utility in nanochemistry, combustion chemistry, and in generally understanding the behavior of matter at the nanometer scale. We demonstrate that ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) with a low-field differential mobility analyzer can be used to probe nano-ion reaction kinetics. We used the developed IM-MS approach to examine the gas phase reactivity of C60- ions with ozone at atmospheric pressure. Experimental results show that ozonation of C60- mainly leads to the formation of C60On-. The controlled reaction time within the ion mobility instrument enables calculation of ozonation reaction rates and assuming oxygen atoms are added sequentially, we find that the reaction rate between C60- and O3 is near the collision controlled limit. We propose an exponentially decaying reaction rate coefficient expression to describe ozonation leading to the addition of >20 oxygen atoms. At high ozone concentrations, CO or CO2 loss from C60On- is additionally observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10470-10476
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume21
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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