Singlet and triplet potential surfaces for the O2 + C 2 H4 reaction

Kyoyeon Park, Aaron West, Erica Raheja, Bernhard Sellner, Hans Lischka, Theresa L. Windus, William L. Hase

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Electronic structure calculations at the CASSCF and UB3LYP levels of theory with the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set were used to characterize structures, vibrational frequencies, and energies for stationary points on the ground state triplet and singlet O2 + C2 H4 potential energy surfaces (PESs). Spin-orbit couplings between the PESs were calculated using state averaged CASSCF wave functions. More accurate energies were obtained for the CASSCF structures with the MRMP2/aug-cc-pVDZ method. An important and necessary aspect of the calculations was the need to use different CASSCF active spaces for the different reaction paths on the investigated PESs. The CASSCF calculations focused on O2 + C2 H4 addition to form the C2 H4 O2 biradical on the triplet and singlet surfaces, and isomerization reaction paths ensuing from this biradical. The triplet and singlet C2 H4 O2 biradicals are very similar in structure, primarily differing in their C-C-O-O dihedral angles. The MRMP2 values for the O2 + C2 H4 → C2 H4 O2 barrier to form the biradical are 33.8 and 6.1 kcal/mol, respectively, for the triplet and singlet surfaces. On the singlet surface, C2 H4 O2 isomerizes to dioxetane and ethane-peroxide with MRMP2 barriers of 7.8 and 21.3 kcal/mol. A more exhaustive search of reaction paths was made for the singlet surface using the UB3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ theory. The triplet and singlet surfaces cross between the structures for the O2 + C2 H4 addition transition states and the biradical intermediates. Trapping in the triplet biradical intermediate, following O3 2 + C2 H4 addition, is expected to enhance triplet→singlet intersystem crossing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184306
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 14 2010


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