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Structure and Dynamics in Metal-Containing Clusters
GEORGIA UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION INC ATHENS
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Gas phase clusters were produced composed of a metal ion bound to one or more molecular ligands e.g., water, nitrogen, acetylene, methanol, etc.. These gas phase complexes were studied with mass-selected laser photodissociation spectroscopy and laser photoelectron spectroscopy ZEKE . These studies determine the structures and energetics of these clusters and they probe the dynamics of nascent solvation processes. Other metal clusters and metal-organic complexes were produced in the gas phase and evaluated for their potential for isolation in macroscopic quantities. Mass spectrometry and laser photodissociation measurements were employed for metal carbides, metal-C60 complexes and complexes of metal with polyaromatic hydrocarbons. These studies provide detailed experimental data which can be compared to theory to improve the overall understanding of metal-molecular interactions.
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