Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140101237 [ 2014-06-10 - 2017-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Dr Berwyck Poad (Chief Investigator) ,  Professor Stephen Blanksby (Chief Investigator)

Brief description The photons take charge: Elucidating the structure and stability of distonic radical anions by mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy. Recent work has discovered that certain radical anions have electronic configurations that defy chemical convention and exhibit exceptional radical stability. Exploitation of this breakthrough first requires experimental elucidation of the intrinsic electronic structure of these compounds and how it relates to their remarkable properties. This project will probe the fundamental structure and energetics of radical anions by modifying instrumentation to enable multi-step gas-phase ion synthesis to be efficiently coupled with anion photoelectron spectroscopy. These investigations are essential to revealing the scope of this phenomenon in free radical chemistry and biology and could inform future development of new catalysts for polymerisation.

Funding Amount $360,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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