Dynamics of proton recombination with NO 3- anion in water clusters Academic Article uri icon


  • Recombination events of a proton with NO3- at (H2O)8 clusters are studied by molecular dynamics, using "on-the-fly" reliable ab initio MP2 potentials. The main findings are: (1) the lifetime of the ions is less than 1.2 picoseconds; (2) the recombination step invariably involves H3O+, not H5O2+; and (3) an essentially unique transition-state structure of H3O+/NO3- for recombination is found in all cases. Proton migration involves both H3O+ and H5O2+ species: Grotthuss and other mechanisms contribute.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008