Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics  2020, Vol. 33 Issue (1): 65-68

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Jun Li
Ro-vibrational Spectra of the Simplest Deuterated Criegee Intermediate CD2OO
Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics, 2020, 33(1): 65-68
化学物理学报, 2020, 33(1): 65-68

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Received on: November 8, 2019
Accepted on: November 28, 2019
Ro-vibrational Spectra of the Simplest Deuterated Criegee Intermediate CD2OO
Jun Li     
Dated: Received on November 8, 2019; Accepted on November 28, 2019
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331, China
Abstract: Criegee intermediates are of significance in the atmospheric chemistry. In this work, the ro-vibrational spectra of the simplest deuterated Criegee intermediate, CD$ _2 $OO, were studied by a vibrational self-consistent field/virtual configuration interaction (VSCF/VCI) method based on a nine-dimensional accurate potential energy surface and dipole surface for its ground electronic state. The calculated fundamental vibrational frequencies and rotational constants are in excellent agreement with the available experimental results. These data are useful for further spectroscopic studies of CD$ _2 $OO. Especially, the rotational constants for excited vibrational levels are essential for experimental spectral assignments. However, the infrared intensities from different resources, including the current computation, the experiment, and previous calculations at the NEVPT2 and B3LYP levels, deviate significantly.
Key words: Criegee intermediates    Vibrational spectra    Rotational constants    Multimode calculations    Potential energy surface    

The Criegee intermediates (CIs, R$ _1 $R$ _2 $COO) have been postulated to be involved in the reactions between alkenes and ozone [1], which are common and significant in the atmospheric chemistry [2]. Due to the large exothermic nature of these reactions, the nascent CIs are often very hot with large amount of internal energy, and are thus highly reactive with short lifetimes. Therefore, their important roles in the atmosphere were only identified recently thanks to a breakthrough in generating such short-lived species in the laboratory [3]. Indeed, it has been established that CIs are very active in several important atmospheric reactions with rapid rates and are potentially important initiators for atmospheric oxidation [4-7].

The simplest CI is formaldehyde oxide, CH$ _2 $OO, whose geometries and vibrational spectrum have been studied extensively by microwave [8- 10] and infrared [11-13] spectroscopic techniques. These spectra can provide valuable information for their identification and structural characterization of these metastable intermediates. Theoretical models are essential in assigning their spectroscopic features. Indeed, very accurate fundamental frequencies and intensities have been determined on a high-quality potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment surface (DMS) for CH$ _2 $OO [14, 15], compared to the observations [11]. Further, the large deviation between theory and experiment for the $ \nu_5 $ mode (CH$ _2 $ rock), 18 cm$ ^{-1} $, urged experimentalists to improve the spectroscopic resolution and made reassignments [12]. Besides, the rotational constants, for both ground vibrational states and excited vibrational states, were well reproduced on the high-quality PES [10]. The excellent agreement with experiment validates the excellent performance of the PES.

To further understand the chemistry and physics of CH$ _2 $OO, its deuterated isotopologue, CD$ _2 $OO, has been investigated as well [8, 9, 16]. The four vibrational bands observed at 852, 1017, 1054, and 1318 cm$ ^{-1} $ were assigned to the OO stretching ($ \nu_6 $), two distinct in-plane OCD bending (cis $ \nu_5 $ and trans $ \nu_4 $), and the CO stretching mode ($ \nu_3 $), respectively [16]. The theoretical positions of these bands computed at the NEVPT2/AVDZ and B3LYP/AVTZ levels were in fair agreement with experiment. However, the experiment-theory deviations in these infrared intensities were quite large [16]. In this work, we report theoretical simulations on the ro-vibrational spectra of CD$ _2 $OO using the accurate PES and DMS, which have been successfully used to reproduce spectra of CH$ _2 $OO very well [14].


A full-dimensional PES of CH$ _2 $OO [14] has been developed using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network (PIP-NN) method [17, 18] based on $ \sim $50, 000 points computed at the level of CCSD(T)-F12a/AVTZ [19]. The DMS [14] was fit to point-charge expression using the PIP method [20] based on $ \sim $46, 000 points calculated at the level of CCSD(T)-F12a/AVDZ. Using the PES and DMS, the MULTIMODE approach [21] was employed to calculate the ro-vibrational spectra of CD$ _2 $OO. Briefly, the mass-scaled normal mode coordinates were used in the Watson Hamiltonian [22] and the potential is expressed in a hierarchical n-mode representation. In this work, the potential is truncated with up to 6-mode terms. Firstly, the $ J $ = 0 vibrational levels were determined using the vibrational self-consistent field (VSCF) approach [23, 24]. The vibrational wavefunction was further expanded in terms of the eigenfunctions of the VSCF Hamiltonian in order to account for coupling among the nine vibrational modes. This virtual configuration interaction (VCI) method [25, 26] typically improves the computational results, and was used here with up to 5-mode excitations. Tests show that the fundamental vibrational frequencies are converged within 2 cm$ ^{-1} $. The infrared intensities were determined according to the method given in Ref.[27]. For rotationally excited states ($ J $$ > $0), the VCI basis is a direct product of the VSCF basis and symmetric top wavefunctions $ |J, K, 0\rangle $, and the Hamiltonian matrix is diagonalized to determine the ro-vibrational levels [26]. Only $ J $ = 0 and $ J $ = 1 VCI calculations are required to obtain the rotational constants of each specific vibrational state by using the relation [28] between the calculated ro-vibrational states and the rotational constants: $ E(1_{01}) $ = $ B $+$ C $, $ E(1_{11}) $ = $ A $+$ C $, $ E(1_{10}) $ = $ A $+$ B $, with respect to each specific vibrational state $ E(0_{00}) $ = 0.


In Table Ⅰ, the $ J $ = 0 CD$ _2 $OO anharmonic frequencies calculated by the VCI-5 method are compared to both experimental and previous theoretical values [16]. The agreement with the recent experimental data [16] is quite good. The calculated fundamental vibrational frequencies are 1063.3, 1318.3, 1013.7, and 863.1 cm$ ^{-1} $ for $ \nu_4 $, $ \nu_3 $, $ \nu_5 $, and $ \nu_6 $, respectively. The corresponding experimental assignments are 1054, 1318, 1017, and 852 cm$ ^{-1} $, respectively [16]. The deviations are +8.7, +0.3, $ - $3.3, and 11.1 cm$ ^{-1} $, respectively, comparable to those calculated at the NEVPT2 level +4, +10, $ - $1, $ - $13 cm$ ^{-1} $ [16]. It is noted that for CH$ _2 $OO, the NEVPT2 calculated frequencies deviated significantly from the experiment [11], and VCI-5 results agreed very well with the experiment, thanks to the accurate full-dimensional PES and DMS, as well as the sophisticated VCI method [14]. In Table Ⅰ, the deuterated-isotopic (D-isotopic) wavenumber ratios, defined as $ v $(CD$ _2 $OO)/$ v $(CH$ _2 $OO), are compared. The experimental results are 0.7350, 1.0250, 0.8382, 0.9370, compared to 0.7417, 1.0256, 0.8366, 0.9309 by VCI-5, or 0.7257, 1.0200, 0.8328, 0.9406 by NEVPT2 [16].

Table Ⅰ Comparison of vibrational wavenumbers (in cm$ ^{-1} $) of CD$ _2 $OO and D-isotopic ratios from various methods.

FIG. 1 displays the VCI-5 calculated infrared spectrum for CD$_2$OO with the experimental and NEVPT2 [16] spectral positions and relative intensities for comparison. The intensities of the latter two were normalized according to the $\nu_4$ intensity calculated by the VCI-5. As shown, the agreement for the band positions is quite satisfactory with the largest deviation at $\nu_6$, which has been discussed above. However, their intensities from different resources, as also shown in Table Ⅰ, are quite different from each other, especially for $\nu_3$. This suggests that the vibrational eigenvectors are significantly affected by the deuterated substitution, as given in Table Ⅱ. As pointed in Ref.[27], the experimental absolute intensities obtained by different methodologies disagree by 50\% or even more, particularly for strongly coupled levels, such as the $\nu_3$ mode of CD$_2$ OO, which is strongly coupled with other two modes: $\nu_6$ + $\nu_7$, and 2 $\nu_8$. Therefore, the intensity borrowing effects will be pronounced. It is interesting to notice that for CH $_2$ OO, the VCI-5 results on the same PES and DMS reproduced the experiment very well.

FIG. 1 Comparison of the infrared spectrum of CD$_2$OO obtained from experiment and theory (VCI-5 and NEVPT2). The experimental and NEVPT2 values are normalized with the intensity of the $\nu_4$ line calculated by VCI-5
Table Ⅱ Theoretical rotational constants of the ground and excited vibrational levels of CD$ _2 $OO, and shifts of them from the ground vibrational level.
Table Ⅲ Comparison of ratios of rotational parameters in their ground and vibrationally excited states for vibrational modes of CD$ _2 $ OO.

For CD$_2$ OO, the calculated rotational constants are $A''$ = 2.0104 cm$^{-1}$, $B''$ = 0.3678 cm$^{-1}$, and $C''$ = $\mbox{0.3099 cm}^{-1}$ at its vibrational ground state ($v$ = 0). They are in excellent agreement with the experimental data: $A''$ = 2.0192 cm$^{-1}$, $B''$ = $\mbox{0.3693 cm}^{-1}$, and $C''$ = 0.3116 cm$^{-1}$ [8]. The corresponding B3LYP/AVTZ results were $A''$ = 2.0737 cm$^{-1}$, $B''$ = 0.3647 cm$^{-1}$, and $C''$ = 0.3096 cm-1 [16]. The rotational constants, $A'$, $B'$, and $C'$, of each specific vibrational state ($\nu_1 - \nu_9$ = 1) are then calculated using the strategy described above, and included in Table Ⅱ. The corresponding shifts of them from $v$ = 0 are also shown. For CH $_2$ OO, the calculated shifts of the $\nu_7$ and $\nu_8$ modes were in excellent agreement with the observations [10]. Since no experiment measurement is available for comparison, the current results can be served as predictions. Table Ⅲ lists the rotational parameters $A'$ / $A''$, $B'$ / $B''$, $C'$ / $C''$ of CD$_2$OO calculated by VCI-5 and B3LYP [16], which are very helpful in simulating the rotational contours of each band.


In this work, the ro-vibrational spectra of the CD$_2$OO species were theoretically investigated based on full-dimensional accurate PES and DMS, which have demonstrated their excellent performance in simulating the experimental ro-vibrational spectra of CH $_2$OO with high resolution. In particular, the nine fundamental vibrational bands were determined by the VCI approach, which is efficient to provide reliable estimations for these states in this study. The agreement with the available experiment is satisfactory. However, the calculated infrared intensities deviate apparently from the experiment. It is interesting to note that our previous simulated vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities were in excellent agreement with experiment for CH $_2$OO on the same PES and DMS. For the rotational constants of the ground state, the VCI calculations agree quite well with the experiment. The rotational constants of the specific vibrational excited states are also determined and can be used for future spectroscopic simulations and experimental assignments. It is our hope that the current work can stimulate further experimental and theoretical investigations on this important molecule.


This work was supported by the Chongqing Municipal Natural Science Foundation (No.cstc2019jcyj-msxmX0087) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.21573027 and No.21973009).

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摘要: 本文采用振动自洽场/虚组态相关(VSCF/VCI)方法计算了氘代最简单Criegee中间体CD$ _2 $OO的振动和转动光谱.计算得到的基频振动频率和转动常数与已有实验吻合.这些数据可以用于未来该体系的光谱研究,特别是振动激发的转动常数对于实验光谱指认非常重要.另外,不同来源的光谱强度,包括本文理论计算,文献中在NEVPT2和B3LYP水平上的计算结果以及实验结果,互相之间均不符合.
关键词: Criegee中间体    振动光谱    转动常数    多模式计算    势能面