Electron interaction with nitromethane embedded in helium droplets: Attachment and ionization measurements

FF da Silva, Sylwia Ptasinska, S. Denifl, D. Gschliesser, Johannes Postler, Carolina Matias, Tilmann D. Mark, Paulo Manuel Assis Loureiro Limão-vieira, P. Scheier

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


Results of a detailed study on electron interactions with nitromethane (CH3NO2) embedded in helium nanodroplets are reported. Anionic and cationic products formed are analysed by mass spectrometry. When the doped helium droplets are irradiated with low-energy electrons of about 2 eV kinetic energy, exclusively parent cluster anions (CH3NO 2)n - are formed. At 8.5 eV, three anion cluster series are observed, i.e., (CH3NO2)n -, (CH3NO2)n-H-, and (CH3NO2)nNO2 -, the latter being the most abundant. The results obtained for anions are compared with previous electron attachment studies with bare nitromethane and nitromethane condensed on a surface. The cation chemistry (induced by electron ionization of the helium matrix at 70 eV and subsequent charge transfer from He+ to the dopant cluster) is dominated by production of methylated and protonated nitromethane clusters, (CH3NO2)nCH 3 + and (CH3NO2)nH +.
Original languageEnglish
Article number174504-7
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2011


  • Low energy electrons
  • Protonated
  • Anion clusters
  • Cluster anions
  • Dopant clusters
  • Electron attachment
  • Electron interaction
  • Electron ionization
  • Helium droplets
  • Nitromethane
  • Helium nanodroplets
  • matrix
  • Ionization measurements


Dive into the research topics of 'Electron interaction with nitromethane embedded in helium droplets: Attachment and ionization measurements'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this