Chemical Bond Activation Observed with an X-ray Laser

Beye, Martin, Oberg, Henrik, Xin, Hongliang, Dakovski, Georgi L, Dell'Angela, Martina, Foehlisch, Alexander, Gladh, Jorgen, Hantschmann, Markus, Hieke, Florian, Kaya, Sarp
et al (show 19 more authors) (2016) Chemical Bond Activation Observed with an X-ray Laser. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 7 (18). pp. 3647-3651.

[thumbnail of Beye_Resub_OActivationManuscript.docx] Text
Beye_Resub_OActivationManuscript.docx - Author Accepted Manuscript

Download (861kB)


The concept of bonding and antibonding orbitals is fundamental in chemistry. The population of those orbitals and the energetic difference between the two reflect the strength of the bonding interaction. Weakening the bond is expected to reduce this energetic splitting, but the transient character of bond-activation has so far prohibited direct experimental access. Here we apply time-resolved soft X-ray spectroscopy at a free-electron laser to directly observe the decreased bonding-antibonding splitting following bond-activation using an ultrashort optical laser pulse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3402 Inorganic Chemistry, 34 Chemical Sciences, 3406 Physical Chemistry
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 04:08
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b01543
Related URLs: