Thermochemistry, a branch of physical chemistry, studies the law of thermal effect in physical and chemical transformations. Specifically, chemical reactions may absorb or release energy, the same as phase change (melting, freezing, boiling, etc). It is helpful for understanding a given reaction, such as entropy changes, spontaneous or not, favorable or not. Endothermic reactions need to absorb heat, while exothermic reactions release heat. It combines the concept of thermodynamics with bonds energy. Thermochemical properties generally include enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy, heat of combustion, heat of formation, etc.
Thermochemical properties prediction plays an important role in accurate predictions of chemical equilibrium, energy balances, thermodynamic properties of isomers. The acquisition of thermochemical data attracts more and more attention. Therefore, it is of great importance to use computational methods for the accurate prediction of thermochemical properties. Alfa Chemistry provides heat capacity calculation, enthalpy calculation, entropy calculation, Gibbs free energy calculation, calculation of heat of combustion, and calculation of heat of formation.
Figure 1. Thermochemical properties (Purnell, D.L.; Bozzelli, J.W. 2019)
Thermochemical properties prediction plays an essential role in fundamental issues of materials science. We are skilled at related theoretical methods, such as
Ab initio-based calculations can be very accurate for predicting gas phase thermochemical properties and are usually more versatile than group contribution methods. We use an ab initio calculation method based on the theory of linear response activity density functional disorder to study the vibrational properties of molecules, and predict thermodynamic properties such as enthalpy and free energy. Our scientists apply various calculation methods such as G3MP2, the correlation consistent Composite Approach (ccCA) and so on to calculate the molar enthalpies of formation, model the energetics of molecules without empirically optimized parameters and predict energetics.
CCSD(T) method is used to calculate the diagnostic values for the structures. At the level of this method, it is possible to generate a wave function in a suitable form to execute a topological analysis of atoms in molecules. We focus on high-precision hybrid density functional methods and research, and support CCSD(T) calculation methods. Our perturbative explicitly correlated coupled-cluster method can perform accurate prediction of chemical reactivity including analyze reaction barrier heights, electronic reaction energies, atomization energies, and enthalpies of formation.
Density functional theory methods are suitable for high-throughput prediction of thermochemical properties rapidly and accurately. At Alfa Chemistry, density functional theory is used to optimize the geometry of the reactants, complexes, products and transition states involved in the reaction. Combined with the knowledge of tatistical mechanics, we use these important data to calculate thermodynamic properties. Moreover, we have built an empirical localized orbital correction model which improves the accuracy of density functional theory methods for the prediction of thermochemical properties for diverse molecules.
First-principles phonon calculations have been widely used in the analysis of mechanical properties, electronic structure, lattice vibration, etc. We address the thermochemical properties of selected molecules from first principles phonon calculations to investigate possible trends in their formation and common reduction agents, as well as their thermal stability.
At Alfa Chemistry, The geometric molecular structures we investigate are optimized iteratively, with each iteration using an increased level of theory to refine the solution toward the optimum. And the optimization operation is completed with the application of Hartree Fock methods. We also use Hartree-Fock methods to calculate vibration frequency, conformational energy, formation heat and proton affinity and offer accurate predictions of other thermochemical properties.
Second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory is the most economical wave function-based electronic structure method beyond the Hartree-Fock approximation that provides an approximate description of all relevant vdW interactions including electrostatics, induction, and dispersion. Our experts can use Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory and density functional theory to investigate multiple molecular interactions. Structural and energetic properties of various complexes are calculated using different calculation algorithms. The assessment of the above-mentioned methods is based on the comparison of the structures and interaction energies predicted by these methods with reference computational data.
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