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J Phys Chem A. 2009 Apr 23;113(16):4468-78. doi: 10.1021/jp811070w.

Comparison of quantum dynamics and quantum transition state theory estimates of the H + CH4 reaction rate.

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Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, University of Gothenburg, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden.


Thermal rate constants are calculated for the H + CH(4) --> CH(3) + H(2) reaction employing the potential energy surface of Espinosa-Garcia (Espinosa-Garcia, J. J. Chem. Phys. 2002, 116, 10664). Two theoretical approaches are used. First, we employ the multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree method combined with flux correlation functions. In this way rate constants in the range 225-400 K are obtained and compared with previous results using the same theoretical method but the potential energy surface of Wu et al. (Wu, T.; Werner, H.-J.; Manthe, U. Science 2004, 306, 2227). It is found that the Espinosa-Garcia surface results in larger rate constants. Second, a harmonic quantum transition state theory (HQTST) implementation of instanton theory is used to obtain rate constants in a temperature interval from 20 K up to the crossover temperature at 296 K. The HQTST estimates are larger than MCTDH ones by a factor of about three in the common temperature range. Comparison is also made with various tunneling corrections to transition state theory and quantum instanton theory.


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