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Gas phase ion chemistry of titanium-oxofullerene with ligated solvents
J. Roy, P. Chakraborty, G. Paramasivam, G. Natarajan,
Published in Royal Society of Chemistry
PMID: 35018393
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Pages: 2332 - 2343
We investigated the gas phase fragmentation events of highly symmetric fullerene-like (FN-like) titanium oxo-cluster anions, [H12Ti42O60(OCH3)42(HOCH3)10(H2O)2]2- (1) and [H7Ti42O60(OCH3)42(HOCH3)10(H2O)3]1- (2). These oxo-clusters contain a closed cage Ti42O60 core, protected by a specific number of methoxy, methanol, and water molecules acting as ligands. These dianionic and monoanionic species were generated in the gas phase by electrospray ionization of the H6[Ti42(μ3-O)60(OiPr)42(OH)12] (TOF) cluster in methanol. Collision induced dissociation studies of 1 revealed that upon increasing the collision energy, the protecting ligands were stripped off first, and [Ti41O58]2- was formed as the first fragment from the Ti42O60 core. Thereafter, systematic TiO2 losses were observed giving rise to subsequent fragments like [Ti40O56]2-, [Ti39O54]2-, [Ti38O52]2-, etc. Similar fragments were also observed for monoanionic species 2 as well. Systematic 23 TiO2 losses were observed, which were followed by complete shattering of the cage. We also carried out computational studies using density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the structures and fragmentation mechanism. The fragmentation of TOF was comparable to the fragmentation of C60 ions, where systematic C2 losses were observed. We believe that this is a consequence of topological similarity. The present study provides valuable insights into the structural constitution of TOF clusters and stability of the parent as well as the resulting cage-fragments in the gas phase. © the Owner Societies.
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