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“Pop-on and pop-off” surface chemistry of alanine on Ni{111} under elevated hydrogen pressures

Nicklin, R. E. J., Shavorskiy, A., Aksoy Akgul, F., Liu, Z., Bennett, R. A., Sacchi, M. and Held, G. (2018) “Pop-on and pop-off” surface chemistry of alanine on Ni{111} under elevated hydrogen pressures. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122 (14). pp. 7720-7730. ISSN 1932-7447

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b00186

Abstract/Summary

The co-adsorption of hydrogen with a simple chiral modifier, alanine, on Ni{111} was studied using Density Functional Theory in combination with ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectros opy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy at temperatures of 300 K and above, which are representative of chiral hydrogenation reactions. Depending on the hydrogen pressure, the surface enables protons to ''pop on and off'' the modifier molecules, thus significantly altering the adsorption geometry and chemical nature of alanine from anionic tridentate in ultra-high vacuum to predominantly zwitterionic bidentate at hydrogen pressures above 0.1 Torr. This hydrogen-stabilised modifier geometry allows alternative mechanisms for proton transfer and the creation of enatioselective reaction environments.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:77042
Publisher:ACS Publications

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