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dc.creatorLee, Jung Supen_US
dc.creatorLei, Yuxiuen_US
dc.creatorYang, Dong-Shengen_US
dc.descriptionAuthor Institution: Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0055en_US
dc.description.abstractUnlike benzene, 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene (COT) is not an aromatic molecule and has a tub-like structure in its ground electronic state. However, coordination of Sc or Ti converts the tub-like structure into a planar ring structure. The M-COT (M = Sc, Ti) complexes formed by interactions of laser-vaporized metal atoms and the organic ligand are studied by pulsed field ionization-zero electron kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. The theoretical calculations predict that both Sc/Sc$^+$ and Ti/Ti$^+$ prefer the $\eta^8$ binding with slightly different M-C distances. The resulting Sc/Sc$^+$ and Ti$^+$ complexes have C$_{4v}$ molecular symmetry, whereas Ti-COT has C$_{2v}$ symmetry, due to Jahn-Teller distortion. By comparing the experimental measurements and theoretical calculations, the photoelectron spectrum of the Sc complex is assigned to the ${^1A_1} \leftarrow {^2A_1}$ transition with a strong 0-0 transition at 42261(5) cm$^{-1}$. On the other hand, the spectrum of the Ti complex is due to the transitions from two neutral states with similar energies, $^3$B$_1$ and $^3$B$_2$, to ionic $^2$A$_1$ electronic state. These transitions display strong 0-0 transitions at 40887(5) and 40863(5) cm$^{-1}$, respectively. In addition, a major vibrational progression (338 and 330 cm$^{-1}$ for the Sc$^+$- and Ti$^+$-COT stretch frequencies, respectively) and a number of vibrational hot bands are observed for the two complexes.en_US
dc.publisherOhio State Universityen_US

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