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Gas-phase VUV photoionisation and photofragmentation of the silver deuteride nanocluster [Ag10D8L6](2 ) (L = bis(diphenylphosphino)methane). A joint experimental and theoretical study

Steven Daly, Marjan Krstic, Alexandre Giuliani, Rodolphe Antoine, Laurent Nahon, Athanasios Zavras, George N Khairallah, Vlasta Bonacic-Koutecky, Philippe Dugourd, Richard AJ O'Hair



The bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (L = Ph2PCH2PPh2) ligated silver deuteride nanocluster dication, [Ag10D8L6](2+), has been synthesised in the condensed phase via the reaction of bis(diphenylphosphino)methane, silver nitrate and sodium borodeuteride in the methanol : chloroform (1 : 1) mixed solvent system. The photoionisation and photofragmentation of this mass-selected cluster were studied using a linear ion trap coupled to the DESIRS VUV beamline of the SOLEIL Synchrotron. At 15.5 eV the main ionic products observed are [Ag10D8L5](2+), [Ag10D8L4](2+), [Ag10D8L6](3+)˙, [Ag9D8L4](2+)˙, and [AgL2](+). The later two products arise from fragmentation of [Ag10D8L6](3+)˙. An analysis of the yiel..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Australian Research Council for financial support (DP150101388, and via the ARC CoE for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology), Prof. Paul Mulvaney for his ongoing support and interest in this nanocluster work and Assoc. Prof. Brendan Abrahams for useful discussions on possible structures of the [Ag<INF>10</INF>H<INF>8</INF>L<INF>6</INF>]<SUP>2+</SUP> cluster. R.A.J.O. thanks The Universite de Lyon for a visiting Professorship and the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne for a short-term study leave. SOLEIL support is acknowledged under project no. 20121299. We also thank the general technical staff of SOLEIL for running the facility. AZ acknowledges the award of an Australian Postgraduate PhD Scholarship. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013 Grant agreement No. 320659). VBK and MK acknowledge Prof. Miroslav Radman at MedILS and Split-Dalmatia County for kind support.