Theoretical chemical kinetic study of the h-atom abstraction reactions from aldehydes and acids by Ḣ Atoms and ȮH, HȮ2, and ĊH3 radicals
Curran, Henry J.
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Mendes, J,Zhou, CW,Curran, HJ (2014) 'Theoretical chemical kinetic study of the h-atom abstraction reactions from aldehydes and acids by Ḣ Atoms and ȮH, HȮ2, and ĊH3 radicals'. Journal Of Physical Chemistry A, 118 :12089-12104.
We have performed a systematic, theoretical chemical kinetic investigation of H atom abstraction by H atoms and OH, HO2, and CH3 radicals from aldehydes (methanal, ethanal, propanal, and isobutanal) and acids (methanoic acid, ethanoic acid, propanoic acid, and isobutanoic acid). The geometry optimizations and frequencies of all of the species in the reaction mechanisms of the title reactions were calculated using the MP2 method and the 6-311G(d,p) basis set. The one-dimensional hindered rotor treatment for reactants and transition states and the intrinsic reaction coordinate calculations were also determined at the MP2/6-311G(d,p) level of theory. For the reactions of methanal and methanoic acid with H atoms and OH, HO2, and CH3 radicals, the calculated relative electronic energies were obtained with the CCSD(T)/cc-pVXZ (where X = D, T, and Q) method and were extrapolated to the complete basis set limit. The electronic energies obtained with the CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ method were benchmarked against the CCSD(T)/CBS energies and were found to be within 1 kcal mol(-1) of one another. Thus, the energies calculated using the less expensive CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ method were used in all of the reaction mechanisms and in calculating our high-pressure limit rate constants for the title reactions. Rate constants were calculated using conventional transition state theory with an asymmetric Eckart tunneling correction, as implemented in Variflex. Herein, we report the individual and average rate constants, on a per H atom basis, and total rate constants in the temperature range 500-2000 K. We have compared some of our rate constant results to available experimental and theoretical data, and our results are generally in good agreement.
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