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J Phys Chem A. 2006 Feb 9;110(5):1917-24.

Isopropylcyclopropane + OH gas phase reaction: a quantum chemistry + CVT/SCT approach.

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  • 1Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 152, 07730 México D. F., México. agalano@imp.mx


A theoretical study of the mechanism and kinetics of the OH hydrogen abstraction from isopropylcyclopropane (IPCP) is presented. Optimum geometries, frequencies and gradients have been computed at the BHandHLYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory for all stationary points, as well as for additional points along the minimum energy path (MEP). Energies have been improved by single-point calculations at the above geometries using CCSD(T)/6-311++G(d,p) to produce the potential energy surface. The rate coefficients are calculated for the temperature range 260-350 K by using canonical variational theory (CVT) with small-curvature tunneling (SCT) corrections. Our analysis suggests a stepwise mechanism involving the formation of a reactant complex in the entrance channel and a product complex in the exit channel, for all the modeled paths. The reactant complexes are examined in detail, because they exhibit alkene-like structure. The excellent agreement between the overall calculated and experimental rate coefficients at 298 K supports the reliability of the parameters obtained for the temperature dependence and branching ratios of the IPCP + OH reaction, proposed here for the fist time. The expression that best describes the studied reaction is k(overall) = 6.15 x 10(-13)e1747/RT cm3 x molecule(-1) x s(-1). The predicted activation energy is -0.89 kcal/mol.

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