## Abstract

Variational transition state theory with semiclassical tunneling calculations is used to calculate rate constants which are compared to the best available quantum mechanical results for three cases involving H atom transfer and three cases involving D atom transfer. The mass combination is heavy-light-heavy, as appropriate for testing semiclassical methods for proton and deuteron (or hydride) transfer in organic and biochemical systems. In five of the six cases at 312.5 K and five (but not the same five) of the six cases at 423.2 K, semiclassical results based on an uncoupled treatment of the vibrational-rotational modes agree with the the best available quantum results within the reliability of the latter. In the other two cases the discrepancies are larger, a factor of 3.1 at 312.5 K and a factor of 2.3 at 423.2 K, and possible reasons for this are discussed. In particular, the effect of a coupled treatment of the bending degrees of freedom in these two cases is presented and compared to the uncoupled treatment. Coupling the bending modes reduces the maximum discrepancy at 312.5 K to a factor of 2.4 but increases the largest discrepancy at 423.2 K to a factor of 4.5. The approximate semiclassical calculations are used to interpret the dynamics, especially in cases where agreement with the fully quantal results is very good.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 10374-10379 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Journal of physical chemistry |

Volume | 95 |

Issue number | 25 |

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State | Published - Jan 1 1991 |