A Mössbauer study of iron bonding to solid ammonia and its photofragments

Paul H. Barrett*, Moshe Pasternak

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Mössbauer studies of isolated 57Fe atoms in solid ammonia (0.1% Fe) at low temperatures suggest the formation of a FeNH3 molecule characterized by a quadrupole coupling constant |e2qQ/2| = 1.90(5) mm·s-1 and isomer shift δ = +0.60(5) mn·s-1 with respect to iron metal. Irradiating with a visible-UV Xe-source results in photolyzed species revealing two doublets, with hyperfine constants different from the parent molecule. To the more intense site we assign a FeNH2 formulation and to the low intensity doublet, a FeNH molecuie. Both isomer shift and quadrupole splitting systematics are consistent with a single ammonia molecule bound to iron via the nitrogen atom. Absorbers prepared with higher concentrations of 57Fe (0.6%) show additional lines superimposed on the typical FeNH3 doublet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3837-3840
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1979


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