Mode-specific chemistry in the H + HCN and H + N2O reactions

M. Ter Horst, K. S. Bradley, George C Schatz

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We present a theoretical study of the effect of reagent vibrational excitation on cross sections and rate constants for the reactions H + HCN (v1v2v3) → H2 + CN and H + N2O(V1v2v3) → N2 + OH, NH + NO. For H + HCN, we study the states (000), (004) and (302), and we find that C-H stretch excitation is much more effective than C-N stretch in lowering the reactive threshold energy and thus enhancing the rate constant. For H + N2O we study the states (000), (100), (0110) and (001). Here N-N stretch excitation is more effective in enhancing the cross section at low energy where the reaction mechanism involves HNNO complex formation. At higher energy (3.3 kcal/mol above threshold and higher), N-O stretch excitation is more effective in enhancing the reaction cross section, due to the dominance of a direct mechanism involving a NN-O-H transition state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-154
Number of pages11
JournalSpringer Series in Chemical Physics
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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