Anionic tetrahydrofuran clusters (THF)n -(1≤n≤100) are studied with photoelectron imaging as gas-phase precursors for electrons solvated in THF. Photoelectron spectra of clusters up to n=5 show two peaks, one of which is attributed to a solvated open chain radical anion and the other to the closed THF ring. At n=6, the spectra change shape abruptly, which become more characteristic of (THF) n- clusters containing solvated electrons. From n=6-100, the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) of these solvated electron clusters increase from 1.96 to 2.71 eV, scaling linearly with n-1/3. For fully deuterated (THF-d8)-n clusters, the apparent transition to a solvated electron cluster is delayed to n=11. Extrapolation of the VDEs to infinite cluster size yields a value of 3.10 eV for the bulk photoelectric threshold. The relatively large VDEs at onset and small stabilization with increasing cluster size compared to other solvated electron clusters may reflect the tendency of the bulk solvent to form preexisting voids that can readily solvate a free electron.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry