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Molecules 2018, 23(8), 1919; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23081919

Theoretical Study of the C2H5 + HO2 Reaction: Mechanism and Kinetics

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Key Laboratory of Integrated Exploitation of Bayan Obo Multi-Metal Resources, Inner Mongolia University of Science &Technology, Baotou 014010, China
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School of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, Baotou 014010, China
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College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
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Received: 24 May 2018 / Revised: 26 July 2018 / Accepted: 27 July 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theoretical Investigations of Reaction Mechanisms)
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The mechanism and kinetics for the reaction of the HO2 radical with the ethyl (C2H5) radical have been investigated theoretically. The electronic structure information of the potential energy surface (PES) is obtained at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory, and the single-point energies are refined by the CCSD(T)/6-311+G(3df,2p) level of theory. The kinetics of the reaction with multiple channels have been studied by applying variational transition-state theory (VTST) and Rice–Ramsperger–Kassel–Marcus (RRKM) theory over wide temperature and pressure ranges (T = 220–3000 K; P = 1 × 10−4–100 bar). The calculated results show that the HO2 radical can attack C2H5 via a barrierless addition mechanism to form the energy-rich intermediate IM1 C2H5OOH (68.7 kcal/mol) on the singlet PES. The collisional stabilization intermediate IM1 is the predominant product of the reaction at high pressures and low temperatures, while the bimolecular product P1 C2H5O + OH becomes the primary product at lower pressures or higher temperatures. At the experimentally measured temperature 293 K and in the whole pressure range, the reaction yields P1 as major product, which is in good agreement with experiment results, and the branching ratios are predicted to change from 0.96 at 1 × 10−4 bar to 0.66 at 100 bar. Moreover, the direct H-abstraction product P16 C2H6 + 3O2 on the triplet PES is the secondary feasible product with a yield of 0.04 at the collisional limit of 293 K. The present results will be useful to gain deeper insight into the understanding of the kinetics of the C2H5 + HO2 reaction under atmospheric and practical combustion conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: C2H5; HO2; mechanism; kinetics C2H5; HO2; mechanism; kinetics
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Wu, N.-N.; Zhang, M.-Z.; Ou-Yang, S.-L.; Li, L. Theoretical Study of the C2H5 + HO2 Reaction: Mechanism and Kinetics. Molecules 2018, 23, 1919.

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