Kinetics of CH + N2 revisited with multireference methods.
ABSTRACT The potential energy surface for the CH + N2 reaction was reexamined with multireference ab initio electronic structure methods employing basis sets up to aug-cc-pvqz. Comparisons with related CCSD(T) calculations were also made. The multireference ab initio calculations indicate significant shortcomings in single reference based methods for two key rate-limiting transition states. Transition state theory calculations incorporating the revised best estimates for the transition state properties provide order of magnitude changes in the predicted rate coefficient in the temperature range of importance to the mechanism for prompt NO formation. At higher temperatures, two distinct pathways make a significant contribution to the kinetics. A key part of the transition state analysis involves a variable reaction coordinate transition state theory treatment for the formation of H + NCN from HNCN. The present predictions for the rate coefficients resolve the discrepancy between prior theory and very recent experimental measurements.