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Theoretical investigations of the N2H2+ cation and of its reactivity.
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PMID:  15260728     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Accurate ab initio calculations have been performed in order to investigate both the stable isomers and the reactivity of the N(2)H(2)(+) cation. In addition to the trans-HNNH(+) isomer already observed in the photoelectron studies, a formaldehyde type (isodiazene cation) and H(2)O(2)-like isomers are found. At the coupled cluster level of theory, the isodiazene cation is calculated to be as stable as trans-HNNH(+). We have also studied the reactivity of N(2)H(2)(+) and its implication on the reactive processes involving N(2)/N(2)(+) and H(2)(+)/H(2), H/H(+) and HN(2)(+)/HN(2), and HN and HN(+) by performing suitable one-dimensional cuts of the six-dimensional potential energy functions of the lowest electronic states of H(2)N(2)(+). We have pointed out the crucial role of this tetratomic intermediate cation and the importance of the short range internuclear distances during these processes. In the case of N(2)/N(2)(+) and H(2)(+)/H(2) reactions, we have shown that the initial orientation of the reactants may influence the N(2)H(2)(+) tetratomic intermediate: One can expect to form the trans isomer preferentially if the internuclear axes of the H(2)/H(2)(+) and the N(2)(+)/N(2) molecules are parallel to each other when these diatoms are colliding and after intramolecular isomerization process. However, if the internuclear axes of the diatomics are perpendicular to each other, the isodiazene cation is formed preferentially. Different branching ratios are expected for each collision scheme. These reactive processes are found to involve vibronic, Renner-Teller and spin-orbit couplings between the electronic states of N(2)H(2)(+). These interactions mix these electronic states, leading to the formation of atomic, diatomic, and triatomic species via the decomposition of the N(2)H(2)(+) intermediate complex.
J Palaudoux; M Hochlaf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of chemical physics     Volume:  121     ISSN:  0021-9606     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chem Phys     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-20     Completed Date:  2006-11-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375360     Medline TA:  J Chem Phys     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1782-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Theoretical Chemistry Group, University of Marne-La-Vallée, Champs sur Marne, F-77454 Marne-la-Vallee, France.
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J Chem Phys. 2005 Jan 8;122(2):029901

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