Ab initio electronic structure calculations with RHF, MP2, and CCSD(T) wave functions have been used to investigate a reaction path for the hydrosilation reaction catalyzed by divalent titanium (modeled by TiH2). Optimized structures and energies are presented. All levels of theory predict a barrierless reaction path compared to a barrier of 78 kcal/mol for the uncatalyzed reaction. The use of correlated wave functions (MP2 or CCSD(T)) is required to obtain accurate structures and energies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry