Upakarasamy Lourderaj

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Anion-molecule nucleophilic substitution (S(N)2) reactions are known for their rich reaction dynamics, caused by a complex potential energy surface with a submerged barrier and by weak coupling of the relevant rotational-vibrational quantum states. The dynamics of the S(N)2 reaction of Cl- + CH3I were uncovered in detail by using crossed molecular beam(More)
A direct dynamics simulation at the B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level of theory was used to study the F- + CH3OOH reaction dynamics. The simulations are in excellent agreement with a previous experimental study (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 3196). Two product channels, HF + CH2O + OH- and HF + CH3OO-, are observed. The former dominates and occurs via an ECO2(More)
The potential energy surface (PES) and unimolecular reaction dynamics of stretched n-butane are investigated, as a model for a stretched "normal" alkane or straight chain polymer. The nature of the PES for stretched n-butane depends on the extent of stretching. If it is less than that required to reach the inflection points in the C[Single Bond]C stretch(More)
In previous research [J. Chem. Phys. 111, 3800 (1999)] a Hessian-based integration algorithm was derived for performing direct dynamics simulations. In the work presented here, improvements to this algorithm are described. The algorithm has a predictor step based on a local second-order Taylor expansion of the potential in Cartesian coordinates, within a(More)
A survey is presented of theoretical models and computational studies for unimolecular reaction dynamics. Intrinsic RRKM and non-RRKM dynamics are described, and properties of the unimolecular reactant's classical phase space giving rise to these dynamics are discussed. Quantum dynamical calculations of isolated resonances and state-specific decomposition(More)
Force evaluation is the most computationally intensive part in a chemical dynamics simulation, and hence most parallel simulation algorithms choose the force calculation as the main target for parallelization. The majority of existing parallel algorithms assume a uniform force-evaluation cost for all atom pairs. For dynamics with considerable bonded(More)
In the previous work of Mikosch et al. [Science 319, 183 (2008)], ion imaging experiments were used to study the Cl(-) + CH3I → ClCH3 + I(-) reaction at collision energies E(rel) of 0.39, 0.76, 1.07, and 1.9 eV. For the work reported here MP2(fc)/ECP/d direct dynamics simulations were performed to obtain an atomistic understanding of the experiments. There(More)
All species involved in the multichannel decomposition of gas-phase dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) were investigated by electronic structure calculations. Geometries for stationary structures along the reaction paths, were fully optimized with the MP2 method and the B3LYP and MPW1K DFT functionals, and the 6-31G*, 6-31++G**, and aug-cc-pVDZ basis sets.(More)
Electronic structure theory calculations, using MP2 theory and the DFT functionals OPBE, OLYP, HCTH407, BhandH, and B97-1, were performed to characterize the structures, vibrational frequencies, and energies for stationary points on the Cl(-) + CH(3)I --> ClCH(3) + I(-) potential energy surface. The aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets, with an effective(More)
The interface for VENUS and NWChem, and the resulting software package for direct dynamics simulations are described. The coupling of the two codes is considered to be a tight coupling since the two codes are compiled and linked together and act as one executablewith data being passed between the two codes through routine calls. The advantages of this type(More)