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Halon Thermochemistry: Ab Initio Calculations of the Enthalpies of Formation of Fluoromethanes



R. J. Berry, Donald R. Burgess Jr., Marc R. Nyden, Michael R. Zachariah, M Schwartz


Atomic equivalent (AEQ), BAC-MP4, G2(MP2), G2, CBS-4, BCS-Q, and CBS-QCI/APNO molecular orbital calculations were used to calculate enthalpies of formation in the series of fluoromethanes, CHxF4-x, x = 0-4. While the computed BAC-MP4 and CBS-4 were in close agreement with experiment, errors in enthalpies from the other five methods were relatively high. In particular, enthalpies of formation calculated with the G2(MP2) and G2 procedures exhibited systematic deviations from experiment which were linearly dependent upon the number of C-F bonds in the molecule. Application of isodesmic reaction calculaitons yielded values of G2(MP2), G2, CBS-Q, and CBS-QCI/APNO that were in remarkably close agreement with experiment. This technique had no significant effect on the quality of results from the AEQ, BAC-MP4, and CBS-4 methods.
Journal of Physical Chemistry
No. 47


halons, thermochemistry, enthalpy


Berry, R. , Burgess Jr., D. , Nyden, M. , Zachariah, M. and Schwartz, M. (1995), Halon Thermochemistry: Ab Initio Calculations of the Enthalpies of Formation of Fluoromethanes, Journal of Physical Chemistry, [online], (Accessed May 25, 2024)


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Created December 31, 1994, Updated October 12, 2021