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Electron transfer processes in potassium collisions with 5-fluorouracil and 5-chlorouracil

Ferreira da Silva, F.; Almeida, D.; Antunes, R.; Martins, G.; Nunes, Y.; Eden, S.; Garcia, G. and Limão-Vieira, P. (2011). Electron transfer processes in potassium collisions with 5-fluorouracil and 5-chlorouracil. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13(48) pp. 21621–21629.

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Electron transfer to uracil (U), 5-chlorouracil (5-ClU) and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) yielding anion formation has been investigated in 30–100 eV potassium-molecule collisions. The rich fragmentation patterns of all three molecules suggest that electron transfer in collisions with electronegative neutrals may cause efficient damage to RNA. The main ring fragment anion in all the mass spectra was NCO while the production of X(X = F, Cl) was a strong decomposition of the halouracil temporary negative ions. Clwas the most intense fragment anion in the 5-chlorouracil measurements, whereas NCOproduction dominated in the U and 5-FU data. Arguments based on energetics and vibrational dynamics have been proposed to explain these differences. Electronic coupling between dipole- and valence-bound states may play a particularly important role in the fragmentation pathways of the 5-ClU parent anion. The stabilizing influence of the potassium cation following electron transfer (ionic scattering) on the observed fragmentation patterns is discussed, notably in the context of comparisons with free electron attachment processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Owner Societies
ISSN: 1463-9076
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Life Sciences Interface FellowshipNot SetEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
CAF FellowshipNot SetEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Not SetNot SetEuropean Commission [Marie Curie ERG]
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 31770
Depositing User: Sam Eden
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 16:52
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 11:16
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