Quantum Chemical and RRKM Investigation of the Elementary Channels of the Reaction C6H6 + O (3P)

Devin Hodgson, Hai Yue Zhang, Mark R. Nimlos, J. Thomas McKinnon

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We performed a computational study of an important reaction in the combustion of hydrocarbons, C6H6, + O (3P), using ab initio and RRKM methods. Density functional theory (B3LYP) was used to optimize geometries and obtain molecular vibrational frequencies, and complete basis set extrapolation (CBS-QB3) was used to obtain the energies for the reactants several transition states and products. The initial formation of a stabilized adduct is characterized by a barrier of 4.9 kcal mol-1, in good agreement with the measured activation energy for this reaction. All product channels originate from rearrangement or decomposition of this adduct, which our calculations suggest is a triplet ground state. All of our ab initio calculations are thus conducted on the triplet surface. There are several products that are energetically accessible at combustion temperatures, but the formation of phenoxy radical, C6H5O, and H atom dominate the product slate at low temperatures. Rearrangement to form formylcyclopentadiene, C5H5CHO, is also important at low temperatures, and the decomposition of this species to form cyclopentadienyl radical, C5H5, and HCO may be significant at higher temperatures. Rearrangement to form phenol is unimportant at all temperatures.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4316-4327
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number17
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-570-30608


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