Kinetics of the hydrogen abstraction from carbon-3 of 1-butanol by hydroperoxyl radical: Multi-structural variational transition-state calculations of a reaction with 262 conformations of the transition state

Prasenjit Seal, Ewa Papajak, Donald G Truhlar

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Abstract

We estimated rate constants for the hydrogen abstraction from carbon-3 of 1-butanol by hydroperoxyl radical, a critically important reaction in the combustion of biofuel. We employed the recently developed multi-structural variational transition-state theory (MS-VTST), which utilizes a multifaceted dividing surface that allows us to include the contributions of multiple structures for reacting species and transition states. First, multiconfigurational Shepard interpolation-based on molecular-mechanics-guided interpolation of electronic-structure Hessian data obtained by the M08 HX/jun-cc-pVTZ electronic model chemistry-was used to obtain the portion of the potential energy surface needed for single-structure variational transition-state theory rate constants including multidimensional tunneling; then, the M08-HX/MG3S electronic model chemistry was used to calculate multi-structural torsional anharmonicity factors to complete the MS-VTST rate constant calculations. The lowest-energy structures of the transition state have strongly bent hydrogen bonds. Our results indicate that neglect of multi-structural anharmonicity would lead to errors of factors of 0.3, 46, and 171 at 200, 1000, and 2400 K for this reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 19 2012

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