Theoretical study of the NH2 + C2H2 reaction

L. V. Moskaleva, Ming-Chang Lin*

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The potential energy surface of the amino radical reaction with acetylene has been studied by the ab initio molecular orbital method, and the reaction rate has been computed by a multichannel RRKM calculation. At the highest G2M(RCC) level of theory, the barrier height for the addition step was calculated to be 8.24 kcal/mol, producing solely the HCCH-trans amino-vinyl radical. The adduct can further undergo NH2-for-H displacement decomposition and several isomerization reactions. The RRKM calculation was carried out for the lowest energy path, and the result indicates that the rate constant is expected to be pressure-dependent due to increased redissociation rate at low pressures. Kinetic modeling performed under experimental conditions reveals a substantial effect of secondary reactions on the observed NH2 decay rates. This may explain the low activation energies reported for this reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4687-4693
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number24
StatePublished - 11 Jun 1998


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