Bond Dissociation Energies of Organophosphorus Compounds: an Assessment of Contemporary Ab Initio Procedures

K. Hemelsoet, F. Van Durme, V. Van Speybroeck, M-F. Reyniers, M. Waroquier
Journal of Physical Chemistry A
114 (8), 2864–2873


Thermodynamic properties of phosphorus-containing compounds were investigated using high-level ab initio computations. An extended set of contemporary density functional theory (DFT) procedures was assessed for their ability to accurately predict bond dissociation energies of a set of phosphoranyl radicals. The results of meta- and double-hybrids as well as more recent methods, in particular M05, M05-2X, M06, and M06-2X, were compared with benchmark G3(MP2)-RAD values. Standard heats of formation, entropies, and heat capacities of a set of ten organophosphorus compounds were determined and the low-cost BMK functional was found to provide results consistent with available experimental data. In addition, bond dissociation enthalpies (BDEs) were computed using the BMK, M05-2X, and SCS-ROMP2 procedure. The three methods give the same stability trend. The BDEs of the phosphorus(III) molecules were found to be lower than their phosphorus(V) counterparts. Overall, the following ordering is found: BDE(P−OPh)

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