Theoretical studies of the O2 + methane, ethane and propane reactions

Diego Troya, George C. Schatz

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The reactions of ground state molecular oxygen with short chain alkanes were studied using electronic structure calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. The energy profiles of the O2 + RH → HO2 + R (H abstraction) and O2 + RH → RO2 + H (H elimination) reactions (R=CH3, C2H5, C3H7) were characterized using ab initio and density functional theory methods. Both reactions were strongly endothermic, and whereas H abstraction did not show any barrier other than the reaction energy, the lowest energy H elimination saddle point was reminiscent of that of an SN2 reaction. Direct dynamics calculations were carried out using the classical trajectory method in conjunction with a high-quality semiempirical Hamiltonian. Excitation functions, products energy, and angular distributions revealed the importance and dynamics characteristics of the different reaction channels as well as the microscopic mechanisms of reaction. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 228th ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA, 8/22-26/2004).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)PHYS-154
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004
EventAbstracts of Papers - 228th ACS National Meeting - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2004Aug 26 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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