Bond Energies and Thermochemical Properties of Ring-Opened Diradicals and Carbenes of exo-Tricyclo[,6)]decane.

Research paper by Jason M JM Hudzik, Álvaro Á Castillo, Joseph W JW Bozzelli

Indexed on: 22 Aug '15Published on: 22 Aug '15Published in: Journal of Physical Chemistry A


Exo-tricyclo[,6)]decane (TCD) or exo-tetrahydrodicyclopentadiene is an interesting strained ring compound and the single-component high-energy density hydrocarbon fuel known as JP-10. Important initial reactions of TCD at high temperatures could cleave a strained carbon-carbon (C-C) bond in the ring system creating diradicals also constrained by the remaining ring system. This study determines the thermochemical properties of these diradicals (TCD-H2 mJ-nJ where m and n correspond to the cleaved carbons sites) including the carbon-carbon bond dissociation energy (C-C BDE) corresponding to the cleaved TCD site. Thermochemical properties including enthalpies (ΔH°f298), entropies (S(T)), heat capacities (Cp(T)), and C-H and C-C BDEs for the parent (TCD-H2 m-n), radical (TCD-H2 mJ-n and m-nJ), diradical (TCD-H2 mJ-nJ), and carbene (TCD-H2 mJJ-n and m-nJJ) species are determined. Structures, vibrational frequencies, moments of inertia, and internal rotor potentials are calculated at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. Standard enthalpies of formation in the gas phase for the TCD-H2 m-n parent and radical species are determined using the B3LYP density functional theory and the higher level G3MP2B3 and CBS-QB3 composite methods. For singlet and triplet TCD diradicals and carbenes, M06-2X, ωB97X-D, and CCSD(T) methods are included in the analysis to determine ΔH°f298 values. The C-C BDEs are further calculated using CASMP2(2,2)/aug-cc-pvtz//CASSCF(2,2)/cc-pvtz and with the CASMP2 energies extrapolated to the complete basis set limit. The bond energies calculated with these methods are shown to be comparable to the other calculation methods. Isodesmic work reactions are used for enthalpy analysis of these compounds for effective cancelation of systematic errors arising from ring strain. C-C BDEs range from 77.4 to 84.6 kcal mol(-1) for TCD diradical singlet species. C-H BDEs for the parent TCD-H2 m-n carbon sites range from 93 to 101 kcal mol(-1) with a similar range seen for loss of the second hydrogen to generate the diradical singlet species. A wider range for C-C BDEs is seen for the carbenes from about 77 to 100 kcal mol(-1) as compared to the diradicals. Results from the DFT methods for the parents, radicals, diradicals, and carbenes are in good agreement with results from the composite methods using our sets of work reactions.