Not Completely Innocent: How Argon Binding Perturbs Cationic Copper Clusters

Zahra Jamshidi*, Olga V. Lushchikova, Joost M. Bakker, Lucas Visscher

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Argon is often considered as an innocent probe that can be attached and detached to study the structure of a particular species without perturbing the species too much. We have investigated whether this assumption also holds for small copper cationic clusters and demonstrated that small but significant charge transfer from argon to metal changes the remaining binding positions, leading in general, to weaker binding of other argon atoms. The exception is binding to just one copper ion, where the binding of the first argon facilitates the binding of the second.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9004-9010
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number43
Early online date15 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020


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