Critical size for intracluster proton transfer from water to an anion

Israel Wolf, Avraham Shapira, Rina Giniger, Yifat Miller, R. Benny Gerber, Ori Cheshnovsky

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(Figure Presented) Bigger is better: Proton transfer in the electronic ground state for (C6H5NH-)·(H 2O)n has been investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy. At a critical size of n = 3, one proton of a water molecule is captured by the deprotonated aniline to form solvated OH- (see picture). These experimental observations are supported by ab initio calculations that establish the greater stability of the solvated OH- anion for n ≥ 3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6272-6274
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number33
StatePublished - 4 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Clusters
  • Photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Proton transfer
  • Water chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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