Reaction of the C3(X1Σg+) carbon cluster with H2S(X1A1), hydrogen sulfide: Photon-induced formation of C3S, tricarbon sulfur
In this paper we report on the neutral-neutral reaction of the C3 carbon cluster with H2S in solid inert argon at 12 K, conditions that mimic, in part, the surfaces of interstellar grains. In the first step of the reaction, a C3∙H2S complex is formed via an almost barrierless entrance addition mechanism. This complex, stabilized by an estimated 7.45 kJ/mol (CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ//B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level), is formed by the interaction of a terminal carbon of C3 with a hydrogen in H2S. This con-covalent complex displays a band at 2044.1 cm-1 observed via Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy. With the help of the MP2/aug-ccpVDZ level method, this band is assigned to the CC asymmetric vibration mode. When the complex is exposed to UV-visible photons (hν < 5.5 eV) the tricarbon sulfur C3S molecule is identified, based on the appearance of a characteristic CC stretching band at 2047.5 cm-1. Calculated ground-state potential energy surfaces also confirm the concomitant formation of molecular H2. This facile reaction pathway involves an attainable transition state of 174.4 kJ/mol. Conversely, competing lower-energy reaction pathways that would lead to the generation of H2C3S (propadienethione), or C2H2 (acetylene) and CS, involve much more complex, multi-stage pathways, and are not observed experimentally.