The Effect of Solvation on Electron Attachment to Pure and Hydrated Pyrimidine Clusters

Michael Neustetter, Julia Aysina, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Stephan Denifl

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The interaction of low-energy electrons with biomolecules plays an important role in the radiation-induced alteration of biological tissue at the molecular level. At electron energies below 15eV, dissociative electron attachment is one of the most important processes in terms of the chemical transformation of molecules. So far, a common approach to study processes at the molecular level has been to carry out investigations with single biomolecular building blocks like pyrimidine as model molecules. Electron attachment to single pyrimidine, as well as to pure clusters and hydrated clusters, was investigated in this study. In striking contrast to the situation with isolated molecules and hydrated clusters, where no anionic monomer is detectable, we were able to observe the molecular anion for the pure clusters. Furthermore, there is evidence that solvation effectively prevents the ring fragmentation of pyrimidine after electron capture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9124-9126
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015


  • biomolecular clusters
  • metastable compounds
  • negative-ion formation
  • reaction mechanisms
  • solvent effects


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