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The Reaction of Criegee Intermediates with Acids and Enols


The reaction of CH2OO, the smallest carbonyl oxide (Criegee intermediate, CI), with several acids was investigated using the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ//M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ quantum chemical method, as well as microvariational transition state theory and RRKM master equation theoretical kinetic methodologies. For oxoacids HNO3 and HCOOH, a 1,4-insertion mechanism allows for barrierless reactions with high rate coefficients, in agreement with literature experimental data. This mechanism relies on the presence of a double bond in α-position to the acidic OH group. We predict that reactions of CI with enols will likewise have high rate coefficients, reacting through a similar mechanism. The hydracid HCl was found to react through a less favorable 1,2-insertion reaction, leading to lower rate coefficients, again in good agreement with literature. We conclude that the reaction mechanism is the main indicator for the reaction rate for CH2OO + acid reactions, with acidity only of secondary influence. At room temperature and 1 atm the main product for all reactions was found to be the thermalized hydroperoxide initial adduct, with minor yields of fragmentation products. One of the product channels characterized is a novel reaction path involving intramolecular H-abstraction after a roaming reaction in the OH + product radical complex formed from dissociation of the hydroperoxide adduct; this channel is the lowest fragmentation route for some of the reaction studied.

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The article was received on 28 Jul 2017, accepted on 04 Oct 2017 and first published on 05 Oct 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05132H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    The Reaction of Criegee Intermediates with Acids and Enols

    L. Vereecken, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05132H

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