An ab initio molecular dynamics study of the SN2 reaction Cl-+CH3Br→CH3Cl+Br-

Simone Raugei, Gianni Cardini, Vincenzo Schettino

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Abstract

An ab initio molecular dynamics study of the SN2 reaction Cl-+CH3Br→CH3Cl+Br- has been performed at the Becke, Lee, Yang, and Parr (BLYP) level of theory by the blue-moon method. The potential energy and the free energy profile along the reaction coordinate have been determined and compared with the available experimental and calculated data. An analysis of the structural parameters along the reaction pathway is presented. Results of impact studies are also reported. It is shown that, depending on impact velocity, recrossing of the barrier can occur. Strong polarization effects are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10887-10894
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume111
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 22 1999

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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