Quantum instanton calculation of rate constants for the C(2)H(6) + H -> C(2)H(5) + H(2) reaction: anharmonicity and kinetic isotope effects
Wang, Wenji（NW A&F Univ, Coll Sci）
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Thermal rate constants and kinetic isotope effects for the title reaction are calculated by using the quantum instanton approximation within the full dimensional Cartesian coordinates. The obtained results are in good agreement with experimental measurements at high temperatures. The detailed investigation reveals that the anharmonicity of the hindered internal rotation motion does not influence the rate too much compared to its harmonic oscillator approximation. However, the motion of the nonreactive methyl group in C(2)H(6) significantly enhances the rates compared to its rigid case, which makes conventional reduced-dimensionality calculations a challenge. In addition, the temperature dependence of kinetic isotope effects is also revealed.
CitationPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS，2011,13（43）：19362-19370