Photoelectron spectra of metal-containing molecules with resolutions better than 1 meV

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This article describes the applications of zero electron kinetic energy, ZEKE, photoelectron technique to metal-containing molecules. Examples include vanadium dimer, metal trimer compounds (Nb3O, Nb3C2, Nb3N2, Zr3O, and Y3C2), and metal atom-molecule complexes (InNH3, AlNH3, ZrO(CH3)2, and YO(CH3)2). The bond length of vanadium dimer cation has been determined from the rotationally resolved spectra with a resolution of 1.5 cm-1, or 0.19 meV. The geometric conformations and electronic states of the clusters and complexes have been identified by combining the vibrationally resolved spectra and Franck-Condon factor calculations. The vibrational spectra have linewidths of 4-8 cm-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-213
Number of pages27
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author wish to thank his current coworkers at the University of Kentucky and former colleagues at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC Canada) whose names appear on the papers quoted herein. He is especially indebted to Dr P.A. Hackett, who gave great support to the metal cluster project at NRC Canada. Partial support for the work on metal–molecule complexes is provided by the Donors of The Petroleum Research Fund, administrated by the American Chemical Society.


  • Metal cluster
  • Metal complex
  • Photoelectron
  • ZEKE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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