Title: CH(3)NO(2) decomposition/isomerization mechanism and product branching ratios: An ab initio chemical kinetic study
Authors: Zhu, R. S.
Lin, M. C.
National Chiao Tung University
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2009
Abstract: The low-lying energy pathways for the decomposition/isomerization of nitromethane (NM) have been investigated using different molecular orbital methods. Our results show that in addition to the commonly known CH(3) + NO(2) products formed by direct C-N bond breaking and the trans-CH(3)ONO formed by nitro-nitrite isomerization, NM can also isomerize to cis-CH(3)ONO via a very loose transition state (TS) lying 59.2 kcal/mol above CH(3)NO(2) or 0.6 kcal/mol below the CH(3) + NO(2) asymptote predicted at the UCCSD(T)/CBS level of theory. Kinetic results indicate that in the energy range of 59 +/- 1 kcal/mol, production of CH(3)O + NO is dominant, whereas above the C-N bond breaking threshold, the formation of CH(3) + NO(2) sharply increases and becomes dominant. The k(E) values predicted at different energies clearly indicate that CH(3)O + NO could be detected in an infrared multi-photon dissociation study, whereas in UV dissociation experiments with energies high above the C-N bond breaking threshold the CH(3) + NO(2) products are generated predominantly. (C) 2009 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2009.07.034
ISSN: 0009-2614
DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2009.07.034
Volume: 478
Issue: 1-3
Begin Page: 11
End Page: 16
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