Theme 1 colloquium: Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Uni- and Bi-Molecular Reactivity

Tuesday 2 July 2024, 4 pm

In this colloquium, I will present recent theoretical advances in studying the fundamental processes related to chemical reactivity. In particular, I will focus on two fundamental processes: unimolecular fragmentation and ion-molecule reactive processes. 

A first example, is the possibility of forming protonated glycine from ion-molecule reactions. We combined direct dynamics of bi- and uni-molecular fragmentation with IRMPD experiments to shed some light on the possibility of forming glycine (and some isomers) via the simple reaction between protonated hydroxilamine and acetic acid. 

Then I will show how reaction barriers can be accurately obtained from simulations but one needs to include some nuclear quantum effects.

Finally, I will give some examples on how rate constants and free energy profiles can be modified when nuclear quantum effects are included at both room and low temperatures.


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