Unveiling the structure-reactivity relationship involved in the reaction mechanism of the HCl-catalyzed alkyl t-butyl ethers thermal decomposition. A computational study Academic Article


  • International Journal of Quantum Chemistry


  • The gas-phase thermal decomposition of a series of alkyl t-butyl ethers catalyzed by hydrogen chloride is theoretically studied at the ampersand-flag-changeomega;B97XD/6-311 g(d)//CCSD(T)/6-311 g(d) level. The experimental activation free energy for three known systems namely: t-butyl methyl ether, t-butyl ethyl ether, and t-butyl isopropyl ether is used for validation of the proposed theoretical model as the transition state (TS). The chemical process was characterized using intrinsic reaction coordinate, reaction force, and reaction electronic flux profiles. The CΑΔ -OΔampersand-flag-changeminus; polarization was identified as the determining factor in the rate-limiting step. Upon functionalization on the CΑ, 24 new compounds with different electron-withdrawing and donating groups were studied. A good multiple-linear correlation (R2 = 0.88) was found between the Ln(kX/kH) as the response variable and the Taft-Topsom substituent parameters as attributes. This result supports the reliability and predictability of the proposed transition state model at this level of theory.

publication date

  • 2022-1-1


  • CCSD
  • Ether
  • Ethyl
  • Force
  • Gibbs Free Energy
  • Hydrogen Chloride
  • Polarization
  • Pyrolysis
  • Transition State
  • activation
  • electronics
  • electrons
  • ethers
  • free energy
  • hydrogen chlorides
  • polarization
  • profiles
  • reactivity
  • thermal decomposition
  • vapor phases

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7608