The interacted species of Xe with metal ions that are stable at room temperature are not known and are a subject of interest for fundamental chemistry. We have experimentally found a new and stable Xe species, XeCu +, which was formed at room temperature in a copper ion-exchanged MFI-type zeolite. The presence of a prominent interaction between Cu+ in MFI and Xe, which has a covalent nature, was for the first time evidenced from experimental in situ synchrotron X-ray absorption fine structure and heat of adsorption measurements: the Cu+-Xe bond length of 2.45 - and the bonding energy of ca. 60 kJ mol-1. The bonding nature between Xe and Cu+ in the MFI zeolite was discussed utilizing density functional theory; the observed significant stabilization comes from the d(Cu+ in MFI)-p(Xe) orbital interaction. These new findings may pave a new way to developing fundamental chemistry of Xe compounds.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry