Title

Unexpected benzene oxidation in collisions with superoxide anions

Publication Name

Scientific Reports

Abstract

Superoxide anions colliding with benzene molecules at impact energies from 200 to 900 eV are reported for the first time to form massive complexes. With the aid of quantum chemistry calculations, we propose a mechanism in which a sudden double ionization of benzene and the subsequent electrostatic attraction between the dication and the anion form a stable covalently bonded C6H6O2+ molecule, that evolves towards the formation of benzene-diol conformers. These findings lend support to a model presenting a new high energy anion-driven chemistry as an alternative way to form complex molecules.

Open Access Status

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Volume

11

Issue

1

Article Number

23125

Funding Number

PD/00193/2012

Funding Sponsor

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-02408-7