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Theoretical Characterization of the Minimum Energy Path for Hydrogen Atom Addition to N2: Implications for the Unimolecular Lifetime of HN2
Journal of Chemistry Physics
  • S P Walch
  • Ronald J. Duchovic, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • C M Rohlfing
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-1-1989
Inclusive pages
3230
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Abstract

The minimum energy path (MEP) for the addition of a hydrogen atom to N2 is characterized in CASSCF/externally contracted CI calculations using a [4s3p2d1f/3s2p1d] ANO basis set, with additional single point calculations at the stationary points of the potential energy surface using a [5s4p3d2f/4s3p2s] ANO basis set. These calculations represent the most extensive set of ab initio calculations on HN2 completed to date, yielding a zero-point corrected barrier for HN2 dissociation of ?8.5 kcal mol-1. The lifetime of the HN2 species is estimated from the calculated geometries and energetics using both conventional transition state theory and a method which utilizes an Eckart barrier to compute one-dimensional quantum mechanical tunneling effects. This study concludes that the lifetime of the HN2 species is very short, greatly limiting its role in combustion processes.

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Citation Information
S P Walch, Ronald J. Duchovic and C M Rohlfing. "Theoretical Characterization of the Minimum Energy Path for Hydrogen Atom Addition to N2: Implications for the Unimolecular Lifetime of HN2" Journal of Chemistry Physics Vol. 90 Iss. 6 (1989)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ronald_duchovic/1/