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B. S. Fox, O. P. Balaj, I. Balteanu, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Single Molecule Precipitation of Transition Metal(I) Chlorides in Water Clusters. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 124, pp. 172-173, 2002.

Abstract: Metal ions in unusual oxidation states can be introduced into water clusters using a standard laser vaporization source. Such nanosolutions of a single ion in typically 50 water molecules are comparable to a 1 M bulk solution, and their chemistry can be studied in the ion trap of a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. We find that a strong acid like hydrogen chloride oxidizes the early transition metal vanadium to the more common +III state, while later first row transition metals retain their unusual +I oxidation state, and the binary metal chlorides M(I)Cl precipitate.

Keywords: water clusters, water chemistry, gas-phase reactions,

Posted by Balaj O. Petru

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