## Abstract

We present a direct ab initio and density functional theory dynamics study of the thermal rate constants of the two H-migration reactions of C _{2}H _{5}O radical. MPW1K/6-31+G(d,p) methods were employed to optimize the geometries of all stationary points and to calculate the minimum energy path (MEP). The energies of all the stationary points were refined at the QCISD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The thermal gas phase rate constants were evaluated based on the energetics from the QCISD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ//MPW1K/6- 31+G(d,p) level of theory using both microcanonical variational transition state theory (μVT) and canonical variational transition state theory (CVT) with the Eckart tunneling correction in the temperature range of 200-2500 K. The extended Arrhenius expression fitted from the μVT/Eckart rate constants of 1,2 H-shift and 1,3 H-shift reactions of C _{2}H _{5}O radical in the temperature range of 200-2500 K are k = 3.90 × 10 ^{-31}T ^{12.4}e ^{(-2.13 × 103/T)} and k = 2.83 × 10 ^{-29}T ^{11.9}e ^{(-2.24 × 103/T)} s ^{-1}, respectively. The two isomerization rate constants exhibited positive temperature dependence in the calculated temperature region. The variational effects for the two isomerizations of ethoxy radical are small and the tunneling effects are important in the low temperature range. The titled reactions are minor and not essential compared to the decomposition pathways of ethoxy radical.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 109-116 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | Chemical Physics |

Volume | 308 |

Issue number | 1-2 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 10 Jan 2005 |

## Keywords

- Ab initio calculation
- Ethoxy radical
- Isomerization
- Rate constant
- Variational transition state theory