Thermochemical and Kinetics of CH3SH + H Reactions: The Sensitivity of Coupling the Low and High-Level Methodologies

šŸ“… 2017-01-19āœļø Petty, Corey', Cardoso, Daniely VV, Cunha, Leonardo A, Spada, Rene FK, Ferrao, Luiz FA, Roberto-Neto, Orlando, Machado, FranciscošŸ“š Journal of Physical Chemistry AšŸŽÆ article
The reaction system formed by the methanethiol molecule (CH3SH) and a hydrogen atom was studied via three elementary reactions, two hydrogen abstractions and the Cā€“S bond cleavage (CH3SH + H ā†’ CH3S + H2 (R1); ā†’ CH2SH + H2 (R2); ā†’ CH3 + H2S (R3)). The stable structures were optimized with various methodologies of the density functional theory and the MP2 method. Two minimum energy paths for each elementary reaction were built using the BB1K and MP2 methodologies, and the electronic properties on the reactants, products, and saddle points were improved with coupled cluster theory with single, double, and connected triple excitations (CCSD(T)) calculations. The sensitivity of coupling the low and high-level methods to calculate the thermochemical and rate constants were analyzed. The thermal rate constants were obtained by means of the improved canonical variational theory (ICVT) and the tunneling corrections were included with the small curvature tunneling (SCT) approach. Our results are in agreement with the previous experimental measurements and the calculated branching ratio for R1:R2:R3 is equal to 0.96:0:0.04, with kR1 = 9.64 Ɨ 10ā€“13 cm3 molecule^ā€“1 s^ā€“1 at 298 K.
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