A computational study on the structures of methylamine-carbon dioxide-water clusters: evidence for the barrier free formation of the methylcarbamic acid zwitterion (CH3NH2+COO-) in interstellar water ices.

  title={A computational study on the structures of methylamine-carbon dioxide-water clusters: evidence for the barrier free formation of the methylcarbamic acid zwitterion (CH3NH2+COO-) in interstellar water ices.},
  author={H. Kayi and R. Kaiser and J. Head},
  journal={Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP},
  volume={13 23},
We investigated theoretically the interaction between methylamine (CH(3)NH(2)) and carbon dioxide (CO(2)) in the presence of water (H(2)O) molecules thus simulating the geometries of various methylamine-carbon dioxide complexes (CH(3)NH(2)/CO(2)) relevant to the chemical processing of icy grains in the interstellar medium (ISM). Two approaches were followed. In the amorphous water phase approach, structures of methylamine-carbon dioxide-water [CH(3)NH(2)/CO(2)/(H(2)O)(n)] clusters (n = 0-20… Expand
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