Imperial College London

Dr Aikaterini Diamanti

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering








Roderic Hill BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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Diamanti A, Ganase Z, Grant E, Armstrong A, Piccione PM, Rea AM, Richardson J, Galindo A, Adjiman CSet al., 2021, Mechanism, kinetics and selectivity of a Williamson ether synthesis: elucidation under different reaction conditions, REACTION CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, Vol: 6, Pages: 1195-+, ISSN: 2058-9883

Journal article

Diamanti A, Adjiman CS, Piccione PM, Rea AM, Galindo Aet al., 2016, Development of Predictive Models of the Kinetics of a Hydrogen Abstraction Reaction Combining Quantum-Mechanical Calculations and Experimental Data, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol: 56, Pages: 815-831, ISSN: 0888-5885

The importance of developing accurate modeling tools for the prediction of reaction kinetics is well recognized. In this work, a thorough investigation of the suitability of quantum mechanical (QM) calculations to predict the effect of temperature on the rate constant of the reaction between ethane and the hydroxyl radical is presented. Further, hybrid models that combine a limited number of QM calculations and experimental data are developed in order to increase their reliability. The activation energy barrier of the reaction is computed using various computational methods, such as B3LYP, M05-2X, M06-2X, MP2 and PMP2, CBS-QB3, and W1BD, with a selection of basis sets. A broad range of values is obtained, including negative barriers for all of the calculations with B3LYP. The rate constants are also obtained for each method, using conventional transition state theory, and are compared with available experimental values at 298 K. The best agreement is achieved with the M05-2X functional with cc-pV5Z basis set. Rate constants calculated at this level of theory are also found to be in good agreement with experimental values at different temperatures, resulting in a mean absolute error of the logarithm (MAEln) of the calculated values of 0.213 over a temperature range of 200–1250 K and 0.108 over a temperature range of 300–499 K. Tunnelling and vibrational anharmonicities are identified as important sources of discrepancies at low and high temperatures, respectively. Hybrid models are proposed and found to provide good correlated rate-constant values and to be competitive with conventional kinetic models, i.e., the Arrhenius and the three-parameter Arrhenius models. The combination of QM-calculated and experimental data sources proves particularly beneficial when fitting to scarce experimental data. The parameters of the model built on the hybrid strategy have a significantly reduced uncertainty (reflected in the much narrower 95% confidence intervals) compa

Journal article

Diamanti A, Adjiman C, Galindo A, 2014, Systematic study of the accuracy of Conventional Transition State Theory in the calculations of the kinetics of a gas-phase reaction, 248th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC, ISSN: 0065-7727

Conference paper

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