Ab-initio molecular dynamics study of the S 2 reaction Cl + ClCH CN

M. Pagliai, Simone Raugei, G. Cardini, V. Schettino

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Ab-initio molecular dynamics has been used to investigate the SN2 reaction Cl- + ClCH2CN using two different exchange-correlation functionals. The results have been compared with available experimental data and with calculations at the MP2/6-311 + G(d,p) level of theory. As a reference, comparison has also been made with calculations for the Cl- + CH3Cl reaction, for which accurate experimental data and higher level ab-initio calculations are available. The ∼0 K energy profile has been calculated. It has been found that the minimum energy reaction pathway is characterized by the formation of a strong H-bond. Differences in the electron distribution along the pathway of the two reactions have also been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2559-2566
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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