Effects of torsional anharmonicity in the reaction rate constants of methylbutanoate with hydroperoxyl radical

Qinghui Meng, Qinxue Chen, Lidong Zhang, Peng Zhang

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An ab initio chemical kinetics study of the reactions of methylbutanoate (MB) with hydroperoxyl radical (HO2) is presented in this paper. Particular interest is placed on determining the influences of torsional anharmonicity and addition reaction on the rate constants of hydrogen abstraction reactions. Stationary points on the potential energy surface of MB + HO2 are calculated at the level of QCISD(T)/CBS//B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p). The transition state theory (TST) is used to calculate the high-pressure limit rate constants of the hydrogen abstraction reactions over a board range of temperature (500-2000K). Anharmonicity of low-frequency torsional modes is considered in the rate calculations by using the one-dimensional hindered rotor approximation and the internal-coordinate multi-structural approximation. The calculated rate constants are compared with the available data from the literature and observed discrepancies are analyzed in detail. An energetically lowest-lying addition reaction with subsequent isomerization and decomposition reactions are identified on the potential energy surface and found to have a negligible influence on the rate constants in the temperature range of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2019 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 1 Jul 20195 Jul 2019


Conference12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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