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While most people's understanding of cyanide is limited to spy thrillers and mysteries where villains dramatically invoke its lethal properties, cyanide (CN-) anions are ubiquitous in aqueous solution and the atmosphere and have multiple applications in chemistry and materials science. Despite its pervasiveness, little has been done to understand cyanide's interaction with water at the molecular level—until now. By combining temperature-controlled photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio electronic structure calculations, scientists from the Department of Energy's (DOE) EMSL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University and Brown University examined microsolvated CN−(H2O)n clusters in the gas phase.

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Document Title: Computational Chemistry
Category: EMSL (William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory)
Media Type: Graphics
Date of Image/Photo: Spring 2010
Background: See http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/news/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=88
URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/DRAE-87RKWF

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