NH 4 + + CH 4 gas phase collisions as a possible analogue to protonated peptide/surface induced dissociation

George L. Barnes, William L. Hase

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Abstract

Results are reported for a direct dynamics simulation of NH 4 + + CH 4 gas phase collisions. We interpret the results with protonated peptide/hydrogenated alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayer (H-SAM) surface collisions in mind. Previous theoretical studies of such systems have made use of nonreactive surfaces, and therefore, our goal is to investigate the types and likelihood of peptide/H-SAM reactions. In that vein, the NH 4 + + CH 4 reaction represents a simple gas phase system which includes many of the important interactions present in protonated peptide/H-SAM surfaces. Thirty-seven open pathways are seen in the 5-35 eV collision energy range. An energy dependence on the likelihood of forming CN bonds is found. This type of bonding could deposit both the peptide and its molecular fragments on the H-SAM surface. For our gas phase collision system, around 50% of the trajectories result in the formation of CN bonds. For all collision energies in which reactive scattering occurs, CN bond formation is an important reaction pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7543-7547
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume113
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2009

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