ResearchPad - co2-activation Default RSS Feed en-us © 2020 Newgen KnowledgeWorks <![CDATA[Carbon Dioxide Activation at Metal Centers: Evolution of Charge Transfer from Mg <sup>.+</sup> to CO<sub>2</sub> in [MgCO<sub>2</sub>(H<sub>2</sub>O)<sub><i>n</i></sub>]<sup>.+</sup>, <i>n=</i>0–8]]> One, two, three: Three water molecules activate carbon dioxide when coordinated to Mg .+ in the gas phase, pushing electron density from the magnesium center since they are keen on interacting with an Mg2+ ion. For the same reason, they squeeze in between CO2 .− and the metal center if there are five or more. This sequence of electron transfer followed by formation of a solvent‐separated ion pair is unraveled by infrared spectroscopy.