Journal article

Reaction of Benzene with Atomic Carbon: Pathways to Fulvenallene and the Fulvenallenyl Radical in Extraterrestrial Atmospheres and the Interstellar Medium

Gabriel da Silva

Journal of Physical Chemistry A | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2014

Abstract

The reaction of benzene with ground-state atomic carbon, C((3)P), has been investigated using the G3X-K composite quantum chemical method. A suite of novel energetically favorable pathways that lead to previously unconsidered products are identified. Reaction is initiated by barrierless C atom cycloaddition to benzene on the triplet surface, producing a vibrationally excited [C7H6]* adduct that can dissociate to the cycloheptatrienyl radical (+ H) via a relatively loose transition state 4.4 kcal mol(-1) below the reactant energies. This study also identifies that this reaction adduct can isomerize to generate five-membered ring intermediates that can further dissociate to the global C7H5 min..

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