Authors: Isabel Lozano, Ana; Kumar, Sarvesh; Kerkeni, Boutheina; Garcia, Gustavo; Limao-Vieira, Paulo


Publication date: 2022/02/24

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c07588

Abstract: In this contribution, we report a novel comprehensive investigation on negative ion formation from electron transfer processes mediated by neutral potassium atom collisions with neutral methanol molecules employing experimental and theoretical methodologies. Methanol collision-induced fragmentation yielding anion formation has been obtained by time-of-flight mass spectrometry in the wide energy range of 19 to 275 eV in the lab frame. The negative ions formed in such a collision process have been assigned to CH3O-, OH-, and O-, with a strong energy dependence especially at lower collision energies. The most intense fragment anions in the whole energy range investigated have been assigned to OH- and CH3O-. Additionally, the potassium cation energy loss spectrum in the forward scattering direction at 205 eV impact energy has revealed several features, where the two main electronic states accessible during the collision events have vertical electron affinities of – 8.26 +/- 0.20 and -10.36 +/- 0.2 eV. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed for the lowest-lying unoccupied molecular orbitals of methanol in the presence of a potassium atom, lending strong support to the experimental findings.