Theoretical Kinetics Study of the O([superscript 3]P) + CH[subscript 4]/CD[subscript 4] Hydrogen Abstraction Reaction: The Role of Anharmonicity, Recrossing Effects, and Quantum Mechanical Tunneling
Author(s)Gonzalez-Lavado, Eloisa; Corchado, Jose C.; Suleimanov, Yury V.; Green, William H.; Espinosa-Garcia, Joaquin
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Using a recently developed full-dimensional accurate analytical potential energy surface [Gonzalez-Lavado, E., Corchado, J. C., and Espinosa-Garcia, J. J. Chem. Phys. 2014, 140, 064310], we investigate the thermal rate coefficients of the O([superscript 3]P) + CH[subscript 4]/CD[subscript 4] reactions with ring polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD) and with variational transition-state theory with multidimensional tunneling corrections (VTST/MT). The results of the present calculations are compared with available experimental data for a wide temperature range 200–2500 K. In the classical high-temperature limit, the RPMD results match perfectly the experimental data, whereas VTST results are smaller by a factor of 2. We suggest that this discrepancy is due to the harmonic approximation used in the present VTST calculations, which leads to an overestimation of the variational effects. At low temperatures the tunneling plays an important role, which is captured by both methods, although they both overestimate the experimental values. The analysis of the kinetic isotope effects shows a discrepancy between both approaches, with the VTST values smaller by a factor about 2 at very low temperatures. Unfortunately, no experimental results are available to shed any light on this comparison, which keeps it as an open question.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Gonzalez-Lavado, Eloisa, Jose C. Corchado, Yury V. Suleimanov, William H. Green, and Joaquin Espinosa-Garcia. “Theoretical Kinetics Study of the O([superscript 3]P) + CH[subscript 4]/CD[subscript 4] Hydrogen Abstraction Reaction: The Role of Anharmonicity, Recrossing Effects, and Quantum Mechanical Tunneling.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118, no. 18 (May 8, 2014): 3243–3252.
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