Articles written in Journal of Chemical Sciences
Volume 128 Issue 2 February 2016 pp 279-285 Regular Articles
The cycloaddition reaction mechanism between interstellar molecules, ketenimine and methyleneimine, has been systematically investigated employing the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) method in order to better understand the reactivity of nitrogenous cumulene ketenimine with the C=N double bond compound methyleneimine. Geometry optimizations and vibrational analyses have been performed for the stationary points on the potential energy surfaces of the system. Calculations show that five-membered cyclic carbene intermediates could be produced through pericyclic reaction processes between ketenimine and methyleneimine. Through the subsequent hydrogen transfer processes, carbene intermediates can be isomerized to the pyrazole and imidazole compounds, respectively. The present study is helpful to understand the formation of prebiotic species in interstellar space.
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