2019-08-15T14:34:01 n7962

Comparing positively and negatively charged distonic radical ions in phenylperoxyl forming reactions

Viewed: 1566

This data set accompanies the manuscript "Comparing positively and negatively charged distonic radical ions in phenylperoxyl forming reactions" by Peggy E. Williams, David L. Marshall, Berwyck L. J. Poad, Venkateswara R. Narreddula, Benjamin B. Kirk, Adam J. Trevitt, Stephen J. Blanksby. 

Abstract: In the gas phase, arylperoxyl forming reactions play a significant role in low temperature combustion and atmospheric processing of volatile organic compounds. We have previously demonstrated the application of charge-tagged phenyl radicals to explore the outcomes of these reactions using ion trap mass spectrometry. Here we present a side-by-side comparison of rates and product distributions from the reaction of positively and negatively charge tagged phenyl radicals with dioxygen. The negatively charged distonic radical ions are found to react with significantly greater efficiency than their positively charged analogues. The product distribution of the anion reactions favors products of phenylperoxyl radical decomposition (e.g., phenoxyl radicals and cyclopentadienone) while the comparable fixed-charge cations yield the stabilized phenylperoxyl radical.  Electronic structure calculations rationalise these differences as arising from the influence of the charged moiety on the energetics of rate-determining transition states and reaction intermediates within the phenylperoxyl reaction manifold and predict that this influence could extend to intra-molecular charge-radical separations of up to 14.5 Å. Experimental observations of reactions of the novel  4-(1-carboxylatoadamantyl)phenyl radical anion confirm that the influence of the charge on both rate and product distribution can be modulated by increasing the rigidly imposed separation between charge and radical sites. These findings provide a generalizable framework for predicting the influence of charged groups on polarizable radicals in gas phase distonic radicals ions.

Data files include:

Mass spectral files acquired using a Thermo LTQ-XL mass spectrometer. Requires Thermo XCalibur to read these files.

Computational log files including optimised structures and transition states from Gaussian09 calculations

Summary of each figure and the experimental data files used to create them.

Geographical area of data collection

QUT, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

Research areas

Peroxyl radicals
Electronic structure calculations
Distonic ions
Phenyl radicals
Chemical sciences
Reaction kinetics
Ion-molecule reactions

Cite this collection

Williams, Peggy E.; Marshall, David L.; Poad, Berwyck L. J.; Narreddula, Venkateswara R. ; Kirk, Benjamin B.; Trevitt, Adam J.; Blanksby, Stephen J. (2018): Comparing positively and negatively charged distonic radical ions in phenylperoxyl forming reactions. Queensland University of Technology. (Dataset) https://doi.org/10.4225/09/5ae901f681aa8

Data file types

Thermo .RAW mass spectrometry data files (requires Thermo XCalibur to read these files) Gaussian09 .log computational chemistry log files (generic text files, no special software required to read)


Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-NC-SA)


© Queensland University of Technology, 2018

Dates of data collection

From 2015 to 2018


Has association with
Berwyck Poad  (Researcher)
Peggy Williams  (Researcher)
Has chief investigator
Stephen Blanksby  (Researcher)


Name: Professor Stephen Blanksby
Phone: +61 7 3138 3343


Date record created:
Date record modified:
Record status:
Published - Open Access