Physical Chemistry

Quasi Diabatic Propagation Scheme for Direct Simulation of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reaction

Pengfei Huo University of Rochester


We apply a recently-developed quasi-diabatic (QD) propagation scheme to simulate proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions. This scheme enables a direct interface between an accurate diabatic dynamics approach and the adiabatic vibronic states. It explicitly avoids theoretical efforts to pre-construct diabatic states for the transferring electron and proton or reformulate diabatic dynamics methods to the adiabatic representation, both of which are non-trivial tasks. Using partial linearized path-integral approach and symmetrical quasi-classical approach as the diabatic dynamics methods, we demonstrate that the QD propagation scheme provides accurate vibronic dynamics of PCET reactions and reliably predict the correct reaction mechanism without any a priori assumptions. This work demonstrates the possibility to directly simulate challenging PCET reactions by using accurate diabatic dynamics approaches and adiabatic vibronic information.


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