(377r) Predictions of Gas Phase Thermochemical Properties from Ab Initio Calculation: Applications to Bio-Oil Compounds

Paricaud, P., ENSTA ParisTech
Mielczarek, D. C., ENSTA ParisTech
Nait Saidi, C., ENSTA ParisTech
Catoire, L., ENSTA ParisTech
The prediction of thermochemical properties such as enthalpies of formation is of crucial importance for number of disciplines and industrial applications, especially for systems involving a large number of molecules that are not well characterized, like biomass systems (bio-oils), or for systems involving new compounds (refrigerants of the new generation). It is highly desirable to obtain an efficient method by which these values can be predicted. Predictive methods based on ab initio calculations [1-3] can be very accurate for predicting gas phase thermochemical properties and are usually more versatile than group contribution methods.

In this work, we extend the work of Paulechka and Kazakov [3] and propose a general predictive approach based on the very accurate and efficient DLPNO-CCSD(T) ab initio calculation, to determine the enthalpies of formation of broad variety of molecules. New sets of regressed atomic contributions are proposed for a larger number of elements: H, C, N, O, F, Si, P, S, Cl and Br, and different ab initio methods for the calculation of the electronic energies and the determination of the optimal molecular geometry. Excellent predictions are obtained for most studied compounds (bio-oil compounds, refrigerants, …), apart from certain types of compounds for which the experimental measurements can be discussed. The predictive approach appears to be insensitive to the ab initio method used, given the very different performance of the employed DFT-functional in benchmark studies, and seems to be a very promising method for the prediction of the formation enthalpy of species that are difficult to measure or where significant uncertainty in the measurement exists. The combination of DFT and DLPNO-CCSD(T) with the def2/J and def2-QZVPP/C auxiliary basis sets and the RIJCOSX approximation provide a computationally very efficient low cost path for the calculation of formation enthalpies.

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