Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations were carried out for the borderline reaction pathways in the reaction of CH2O.- with CH3Cl. The simulations reveal distinctive features of three types of mechanisms passing through the SN2- like transition state (TS): (i) a direct formation of SN2 products, (ii) a direct formation of ET products, and (iii) a two-step formation of ET products via the SN2 valley. The direct formation of the ET product through the SN2-like TS appears to be more favorable at higher temperatures. The two-step process depends on the amount of energy that goes into the C-C stretching mode.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry