Theoretical Studies on the Unimolecular Decomposition of Methanol

  • Lawrence B. Harding
  • H. B. Schlegel
  • R. Krishnan
  • J. A. Pople


Reactive collisions typically involve dramatic changes in the electronic structure of the species, and it is necessary to account for these to calculate accurate potential energy surfaces, particularly in the critically important saddle-point or transition-structure regions. As a consequence a realistic theoretical description of reactive potential energy surfaces requires very accurate electronic wave functions;1-3 large flexible basis sets are necessary and the effects of electron correlation must be included. To date relatively few such studies have been carried out on systems involving more than three or four atoms.


Activation Energy Potential Energy Surface Calculated Activation Energy Unimolecular Decomposition Formyl Radical 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence B. Harding
    • 1
  • H. B. Schlegel
    • 2
  • R. Krishnan
    • 3
  • J. A. Pople
    • 3
  1. 1.Theoretical Chemistry Group, Chemistry DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryCarnegie-Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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