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Computational Study of the Reaction of CH2(X3B1) with CH3OH

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posted on 2008-12-04, 00:00 authored by Jicun Li, Xinli Song, Zhe Peng, Hua Hou, Baoshan Wang
The reaction of triplet methylene with methanol is a key process in alcohol combustion but surprisingly this reaction has never been studied. The reaction mechanism is investigated by using various high-level ab initio methods, including the complete basis set extrapolation (CBS-QB3 and CBS-APNO), the latest Gaussian-n composite method (G4), and the Weizmann-1 method (W1U). A total of five product channels and six transition states are found. The dominant mechanism is direct hydrogen abstraction, and the major product channel is CH3 + CH3O, involving a weak prereactive complex and a 7.4 kcal/mol barrier. The other hydrogen abstraction channel, CH3 + CH2OH, is less important even though it is more exothermic and involves a similar barrier height. The rate coefficients are predicted in the temperature range 200−3000 K. The tunneling effect and the hindered internal rotational freedoms play a key role in the reaction. Moreover, the reaction shows significant kinetic isotope effect.