High-resolution electron spectroscopy of gas-phase metal-aromatic complexes

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High-resolution electron spectroscopy combines pulsed field ionization zero-electron kinetic energy (ZEKE) detection with in situ laser-assisted synthesis and supersonic expansion. The technique offers sub-meV spectral resolution for the electron spectra of metal complexes and is a powerful tool to study their bonding and structures. This Perspective presents recent progress in single-photon ZEKE spectroscopy of metal-aromatic complexes and focuses on the determination of the electron spin multiplicities, metal binding sites and modes, rotational conformers, and conformational changes of these critical species in organometallic chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 6 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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