The OH radical-H2O molecular interaction potential.


The OH radical is one of the most important oxidants in the atmosphere due to its high reactivity. The study of hydrogen-bonded complexes of OH with the water molecules is a topic of significant current interest. In this work, we present the development of a new analytical functional form for the interaction potential between the rigid OH radical and H(2)O molecules. To do this we fit a selected functional form to a set of high level ab initio data. Since there is a low-lying excited state for the H(2)O.OH complex, the impact of the excited state on the chemical behavior of the OH radical can be very important. We perform a potential energy surface scan using the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of electronic structure theory for both excited and ground states. To model the physics of the unpaired electron in the OH radical, we develop a tensor polarizability generalization of the Thole-type all-atom polarizable rigid potential for the OH radical, which effectively describes the interaction of OH with H(2)O for both ground and excited states. The stationary points of (H(2)O)(n)OH clusters were identified as a benchmark of the potential.

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@article{Du2006TheOR, title={The OH radical-H2O molecular interaction potential.}, author={Shiyu Du and Joseph S Francisco and Gregory K . Schenter and Tzvetelin D. Iordanov and Bruce C . Garrett and Michel Dupuis and Jun Li}, journal={The Journal of chemical physics}, year={2006}, volume={124 22}, pages={224318} }