CH3NO2 decomposition/isomerization mechanism and product branching ratios: An ab initio chemical kinetic study

R. S. Zhu, Ming-Chang Lin*

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Abstract

The low-lying energy pathways for the decomposition/isomerization of nitromethane (NM) have been investigated using different molecular orbital methods. Our results show that in addition to the commonly known CH3 + NO2 products formed by direct C-N bond breaking and the trans-CH3ONO formed by nitro-nitrite isomerization, NM can also isomerize to cis-CH3ONO via a very loose transition state (TS) lying 59.2 kcal/mol above CH3NO2 or 0.6 kcal/mol below the CH3 + NO2 asymptote predicted at the UCCSD(T)/CBS level of theory. Kinetic results indicate that in the energy range of 59 ± 1 kcal/mol, production of CH3O + NO is dominant, whereas above the C-N bond breaking threshold, the formation of CH3 + NO2 sharply increases and becomes dominant. The k(E) values predicted at different energies clearly indicate that CH3O + NO could be detected in an infrared multi-photon dissociation study, whereas in UV dissociation experiments with energies high above the C-N bond breaking threshold the CH3 + NO2 products are generated predominantly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume478
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Aug 2009

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