Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 1993, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (06): 808-814.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB19930616

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The Production and UV Photodissociation of Iron-sulfur Binary Clusters

Yu Zhong-De; Zhang Nan; Feng Wan-Yong; Wu Xiao-Jun; Gao Zhen; Zhu Qi-He; Kong Fan-Ao; Zheng Lan-Sun; Huang Rong-Bin   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080; Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361006
  • Received:1992-08-09 Revised:1993-12-16 Published:1993-12-15
  • Contact: Gao Zhen

Abstract: The iron-sulfur cluster ions, Fe_nS_m~+(n=1-13, m=1-13), were produced by diredt laser vaporization of a solid sample containing a mixture of iron and sulfur powder. UV photodissociation of the cluster ions was studied with a tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometer. It was found that all the cluster ions with compositions of m=n, m=n-1 or m=n+5 have relatively larger abundaces, indicating that they were more stable. The photodissociation results of Fe_nS_m~+ ions showed that, when n≈m, the main channels were losses of neutral S atoms until n≈m, while for parent ions with n≈m, the main product ions have the m=n or m=n-1 compositions. Form these experimental results, it was proposed that the Fe_nS_n~+ ions might have structures similar to those of the Fe_nS_n cores in iron-sulfur proteins, while the structures of the Fe_nS_m~+ (m>n) cluster ions could be considered to have a pattern of the Fe_nS_n~+ cores with some peripheral S atoms.

Key words: Iron-surfur clusters, UV-Photodissociation, Laser vaporization, Tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometer