Ab initio electronic analysis of the hydride transfer in the [CH<inf>3</inf>-H-CH<inf>3</inf>]<sup>+</sup> system

J. Mestres, M. Duran, J. Bertrán

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The electronic aspects of the hydride transfer process between CH4 and CH3+ fragments, are studied theoretically with ab initio molecular orbital methods, subject to the constraint of maintaining a fix distance between both fragments. Mulliken and Natural population analyses are performed to gain an insight into the hydride character of the atom being transferred. From these analyses, charge migrating diagrams are depicted to obtain a more visual information. Further analysis is performed from the contour maps of the electronic charge density, together with the analysis of its gradient and laplacian. Basis set and electronic correlation effects are also discussed. Finally, the effect of applying a uniform electric field is assessed. © 1994 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-338
JournalTheoretica Chimica Acta
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1994


  • C H system 2 7 +
  • Charge migrating diagrams
  • Charge population analysis
  • Electron density contour maps
  • Hydride transfer


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