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Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2011 Jan 21;13(3):941-53. doi: 10.1039/c0cp00908c. Epub 2010 Nov 5.

Theoretical studies on the coupling interactions in H2SO4···HOO˙···(H2O)n (n = 0-2) clusters: toward understanding the role of water molecules in the uptake of HOO˙ radical by sulfuric acid aerosols.

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  • 1Key Laboratory of Life-Organic Analysis, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qufu Normal University, Qufu, 273165, PR China. lignip@163.com


A detailed knowledge of coupling interactions among sulfuric acid (H(2)SO(4)), the hydroperoxyl radical (HOO˙), and water molecules (H(2)O) is crucial for the better understanding of the uptake of HOO˙ radicals by sulfuric acid aerosols at different atmospheric humidities. In the present study, the equilibrium structures, binding energies, equilibrium distributions, and the nature of the coupling interactions in H(2)SO(4)···HOO˙···(H(2)O)(n) (n = 0-2) clusters have been systematically investigated at the B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,3pd) level of theory in combination with the atoms in molecules (AIM) theory, natural bond orbital (NBO) method, energy decomposition analyses, and ab initio molecular dynamics. Two binary, five ternary, and twelve tetramer clusters possessing multiple intermolecular H-bonds have been located on their potential energy surfaces. Two different modes for water molecules have been observed to influence the coupling interactions between H(2)SO(4) and HOO˙ through the formations of intermolecular H-bonds with or without breaking the original intermolecular H-bonds in the binary H(2)SO(4)···HOO˙ cluster. It was found that the introduction of one or two water molecules can efficiently enhance the interactions between H(2)SO(4) and HOO˙, implying the positive role of water molecules in the uptake of the HOO˙ radical by sulfuric acid aerosols. Additionally, the coupling interaction modes of the most stable clusters under study have been verified by the ab initio molecular dynamics.

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