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Unformatted text preview: Quantum Chemistry Theory Computational Chemistry Ab initio methods seek to solve the Schrdinger equation. o
Molecular orbital theory expresses the solution as a linear combination of atomic orbitals. Density functional theory (DFT) attempts to solve for the electron density function. Semiempirical methods use approximate Hamiltonians that are partly parameterized using experimental data. Molecular mechanics uses Newtonian mechanics and empirically parameterized force fields. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 1 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Theory The TimeDependent Schrdinger Equation o The timedependent Schrdinger equation can be written as o i where = 1.055 1034 J s is the reduced Planck's constant; the operator H is the system Hamiltonian; (, t) is the wavefunction of the system at time t. The modulus of the wavefunction, (, t)2 , is often interpreted as the probability density of the system at time t. (x, t) = H(x, t) t Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 2 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Theory The TimeIndependent Schrdinger Equation o If H is timeindepedent, then we can seek an eigenfunction expansion (x, t) = n=1 cn n (x)e i En t where n satisfies the eigenvalue problem Hn = En n and En is interpreted as the energy of the stationary configuration n . The eigenfunction 0 corresponding to the smallest eigenvalue E0 is called the ground state of the system. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 3 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Theory The Hamiltonian of a Molecule The Hamiltonian H can be written as the sum of the kinetic and potential energy operators H = T + V, where for a (nonrelativistic) molecule 2 2 1 2 2 T =  + + 2 mi xi2 yi2 zi2 i 1 ei ej V = (electrostatic potential). 40 rij
i<j Here i, j range over nuclei and electrons, mi and ei are the mass and charge of the i'th particle, and 0 is the vacuum permittivity. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 4 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom Hydrogenlike Atom In a few cases, Schrdinger's equation can be solved analytically. For a o single nucleus with mass M and charge +Ze with a single electron (of mass m), we have: 2 2 2 Ze 2 2    = E , 2(M + m) CM 2 40 r where 2 is the Laplacian for the centerofmass coordinates CM RCM = Mra + mre M +m 2 is the Laplacian for the coordinates of the electron relative to the nucleus: r = re  ra is the reduced mass = (M 1 + m1 )1 m.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 5 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom Reduction of Dimension Because the potential energy depends only on the distance of the electron to the nucleus, the centerofmass can be separated out of the previous equation, leaving  2 2 Ze 2  = E 2 40 r where r = r. Transforming to polar coordinates (r , , ) gives  2 1 1 2 sin() r2 + sin() + 2m r 2 sin() r r sin() 2 Ze 2  = E . 40 r Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 6 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom Separation of Variables The last equation can be solved by separationofvariables and leads to the following set of eigenfunctions and eigenvalues nlm (r , , ) = Cnl Rnl (r )Ylm (, ) 2 2 Ze Enlm =  , 20 h 2n2 which are indexed by the principal quantum number n = 1, 2, 3, ; the azimuthal quantum number l = 0, 1, 2, , n  1; the magnetic quantum number m = l, l + 1, , l  1, l. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 7 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom Radial Component The radial part of the wavefunction is Rnl (r ) = where the associated Laguerre polynomial L (x) is defined by d L (x) dx d L (x) = e x x e x dx L (x) = nlm 2 dr = 1.
Fall 2010 8 / 56 2~ r n l L2l+1 n+l 2~ ~/n r e r n ~ = (e 2 Z /m0 h2 )r ; r Cnl is a normalization constant chosen so that
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom Angular Component The angular part of the wavefunction is a spherical harmonic: Ylm (, ) = Pl
m (cos()) 1 im e , 2 where the associated Legendre polynomial Plm (x) is defined by Plm (x) = (1  x 2 )m/2 Pl (x) = d m Pl (x) dx m 1 dl 2 (x  1)l . l l! dx l 2 Notice that, in general, this function is complex except when l = 0. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 9 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom sorbitals When l = 0, we must also have m = 0. In this case, the wavefunction n,0,0 is radiallysymmetric and is said to represent the ns orbital. Notice that as n increases: the energy increases; the diffuseness of the orbital also increases; nodes appear. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 10 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Hydrogenlike atom porbitals For larger values of l, radial symmetry is lost. For example, if l = 1, then m = 1, 0, 1 and there are three p orbitals that can be aligned along the coordinate axes. If n = 2, then these have the following appearance: Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 11 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Separation of timescales BornOppenheimer Approximation Since analytical solutions are usually unavailable, we try to simplify the problem. The BornOppenheimer approximation assumes that: the nuclei are fixed on the timescale of electronic motion (since nuclei are much heavier than electrons); we can treat the electronic wavefunction and energy as functions of the nuclear coordinates R; the total wavefunction can be factored as tot (r, R) = el (r, R)nuc (R). This leads to the electronic Schrdinger equation: o Hel (R)el (r, R) = E el (R)el (r, R).
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 12 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Separation of timescales The Electronic Hamiltonian The electronic Hamiltonian Hel is equal to the sum of the electronic kinetic energy and the coulomb potential energy: elec 2 2 2 2 + 2+ 2 2m xi2 yi zi i elec nuc elec Zs e 2 e 2 1  + 40 ris rij s
i i<j T el V el =  = where Zi is the atomic number of the i'th nucleus. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 13 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Separation of timescales Effective Potential Energy Surface
el Typically, we are interested in the electronic ground state energy, E0 (R), which can be used to estimate the potential energy surface for the nuclear configuration: nuc el E0 (R) nuc 1 Z s Zt e 2 + 40 s<t Rst E (R) This can be used to: identify the minimum energy molecular structure; characterize reaction trajectories; solve for the nuclear wavefunction: Hnuc nuc (R) = Etot nuc (R). However, even with this approximation, the Schrdinger equation still o must be solved numerically.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 14 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Molecular Orbital Theory Molecular orbital theory attempts to approximate the full wavefunction using a collection of one electron functions called spin orbitals (x, y , z, ). These usually have the form (x, y , z)() or (x, y , z)() where denotes the spin angular momentum of the electron along the zaxis and the spin wavefunctions for spinup and spindown particles are 1 + = 1, 2 1 + = 0, 2 1  =0 2 1  = 1. 2 Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 15 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory FermiDirac Statistics Because electrons have halfinteger spin, the following two conditions must be satisfied: The wavefunction must be antisymmetric: if ij (X) denotes the configuration obtained by permuting the positions and spins of the i'th and j'th electrons, then (ij (X)) = (X). Pauli exclusion principle: no two electrons can occupy the same spin orbital function. Thus each spatial orbital function can contain at most two electrons, one with spin +1/2 and the other with spin 1/2. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 16 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Slater Determinants Given a collection of linearly independent spin orbitals, 1 , , n , an antisymmetric nelectron wavefunction can be constructed by setting 1 (X1 ) 2 (X1 ) n (X1 ) 1 1 (X2 ) 2 (X2 ) n (X2 ) . . . . . . n! . . . 1 (Xn ) 2 (Xn ) n (Xn ) n 1 (1) i (X(i) ) n! Sn i=1 det = = where Xi = (xi , yi , zi , i ) denotes the location and spin of the i'th electron. det is called a Slater determinant.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 17 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Basis Set Expansions In practice, the molecular orbitals i (x) are expressed as linear combinations of oneelectron functions known as basis functions, i (x) =
N s=1 csi s (x), 1 i N, where the csi are the molecular orbital expansion coefficients. Notice that 2N n, if we allow for double occupancy of orbitals; if 2N > n, then there are unoccupied orbitals that do not appear in the Slater determinant. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 18 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals Usually, the basis elements s are taken to be `atomic orbitals' associated with individual nuclei present in the molecule (LCAO method). In this case, a set of orbitals is assigned to each nucleus such that these orbitals are centered at the nucleus; depend on the type of nucleus (e.g., H vs. C); allow for symmetric and polarized electron distributions. It is often the case that several such basis elements are used to represent an `actual' atomic orbital, for example, by allowing for different degrees of diffuseness of the orbital about the nucleus. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 19 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Slatertype atomic orbitals One choice for the basis functions are the Slatertype orbitals (STOs): 1s 2s 2px . . . = = = 3 1 5 2 96 5 2 32 1/2 exp(1 r ) r exp(2 r /2) x exp(2 r /2) 1/2 1/2 where 1 , 2 , are parameters that control the size of the orbitals. While STOs are good approximations for atomic orbitals, integrals of their products must be evaluated numerically.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 20 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Gaussiantype atomic orbitals Gaussian orbital functions are polynomials multiplied by exp(r 2 ): gs gx gy . . . = = = 2 3/4 exp(r 2 ) x exp(r 2 ) y exp(r 2 ) 1285 3 1285 3 1/2 1/2 Although integrals involving Gaussiantype functions can be evaluated explicitly, these functions are poor approximations for atomic orbitals. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 21 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Molecular orbital theory Contracted Gaussians A compromise can be reached by using linear combinations of Gaussian functions (called contracted Gaussians): s (x) = ds g (x) where each g (x) is a Gaussian function and the coefficients ds are fixed in advance, i.e., do not depend on the Hamiltonian. One approach is to choose the coefficients to minimize the least squares distance between the contracted Gaussian and a STO: 2 nl = STO  CG dx. nl nl Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 22 / 56 Quantum Chemistry HartreeFock theory HartreeFock Theory Having chosen a set of basis functions, HartreeFock theory seeks to estimate the ground state energy E0 by finding a determinantal wavefunction that minimizes the quantity: E = HdX E0 . This leads to variational conditions on the expansion coefficients E =0 cri 1 r , i N. Thus, we have reduced an infinitedimensional linear problem to a finitedimensional nonlinear one (see below). Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 23 / 56 Quantum Chemistry HartreeFock theory RoothanHall Equations For a closedshell system (i.e., two electrons per orbital), the variational conditions lead to a system of nonlinear equations
N s=1 (Frs  i Srs )csi = 0 1 r , i N, where i is the oneelectron energy of molecular orbital i and Srs is the overlap of the atomic orbitals r and s : i = i (x)Hi (x)dx Srs = (x)s (x)dx. r Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 24 / 56 Quantum Chemistry HartreeFock theory The Fock matrix The Fock matrix F = (Frs ) is defined as Frs = hrs +
AO p,q 1 Pqp (rpsq)  (rpqs) 2 where the summation goes over atomic orbitals and hrs is a component of the oneelectron energy in a field of bare nuclei: ^ hrs = (x)h(1)s (x)dx r
Nuc 2 2 1 Za ^ h(1) =   . 2m 40 a ra1 Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 25 / 56 Quantum Chemistry HartreeFock theory Bondorder Matrix The matrix P = (Ppq ) is called the bondorder matrix or the oneelectron density matrix: Pqp = 2
MO i cpi cqi , where the summation is over occupied molecular orbitals and the factor of 2 reflects the closedshell assumption. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 26 / 56 Quantum Chemistry HartreeFock theory Twoelectron Integrals Much of the computational burden in the HF theory comes from the need to compute the twoelectron repulsion integrals 1 (rpsq) = r (x1 )p (x2 ) s (x1 )q (x2 )dx1 dx2 , r12 where r12 = x2  x1 . Because the elements of the Fock matrix are themselves functions of the molecular orbital expansion coefficients, the RoothanHall equations are nonlinear and must be solved iteratively (e.g., Newtontype methods). Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 27 / 56 Quantum Chemistry HartreeFock theory SelfConsistent Field Method A simple iterative scheme for solving for the coefficient matrix c is:
1 2 3 Use c(n) to form the bondorder matrix P(n) . Use P(n) to form the Fock matrix F(n) . Find c(n+1) and (n+1) by solving the secular equation F(n)  (n+1) S c(n+1) = 0. Repeat steps (1)(4) until c(n+1)  c(n)  < . 4 5 Choose the N/2 molecular orbitals of lowest energy to be occupied. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 28 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Electron Correlation There are two sources of negative correlation between the locations of different electrons. The Coulomb hole results from electrostatic repulsion. The exchange hole is a consequence of the Pauli exclusion principle: electrons with the same spin cannot occupy the same orbital. The most important limitation of the HF method is that it fails to account for the Coulomb hole. This is particularly problematic when modeling large molecules, for which about half of the interaction energy can be due to electron correlation. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 29 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation HartreeFock wavefunction of H2 Example: The HF wave function for the hydrogen molecule H2 with double occupancy of a single molecular orbital () is 1 1 (1) 2 (1) (1, 2) = 2 1 (2) 2 (2) 1 = (x1 )(x2 ) (1 )(2 )  (1 )(2 ) , 2 where (xi , i ) is the location and spin of electron i, 2 = 1 , and () and () are the spinup and spindown functions introduced earlier. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 30 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation The HF wave function for H2 neglects electronic correlation. The joint probability density of the locations of the two electrons is (1, 2)2 = C 2 (x1 )2 (x2 ) where C is a normalizing constant. Since this density factors into the product of two oneelectron densities, it follows that under the HF wave function, the locations of the two electrons are independent of one another. This result is unphysical, but is also observed in HF calculations for more complicated molecules. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 31 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation PostHartreeFock Methods Several methods have been devised to better account for electronic correlation: Configuration Interaction (CI) method Coupled Cluster (CC) method. Many Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT), including the MllerPlesset perturbation theory. However, these are even more computationally intensive than the HF method. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 32 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Occupancy Given a collection of spinorbitals, 1 , 2 , and a Slater determinant , we define the occupancy of spinorbital i to be 1 if i appears in ni = 0 otherwise , and we write = n (n1 , n2 , ). Here we require that k=1 nk = n. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 33 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Creation and Annihilation Operators The creation and annihilation operators are defined as: ^ k n ( nk ) = k (1  nk )n+1 ( 1  nk ), ^ kn ( nk ) = k nk n1 ( 1  nk ), ^ where k = (1) j<k nj . Thus k creates an electron and places it ^ in the unoccupied spinorbital k , while k annihilates the electron in the occupied spinorbital k .
P Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 34 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Configuration Interaction In the CI method, the HF wave function is replaced by a linear combination of Slater determinants formed from different sets of n spinorbitals: a ab CI = c0 0 + cp p ^0 + ^ a cpq q p ^b0 + . ^ ^ a^
a,p a<b,p<q a Here, 0 is usually the HF wave function and the coefficients cp , are chosen to minimize the energy: ECI = HCI dX H0 dX EHF . 0 CI Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 35 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Partial Configuration Interaction As a rule, the full CI calculation is not feasible, since 2N different n nelectron determinants can be formed from a set of N molecular orbitals and we usually take N n. Instead, the CI expansion is usually restricted to lower order terms (called excitations):
ab ^ ^ a ^ CID includes all doublet excitations cpq q p ^b0 ; CISD includes all singlet and doublet excitations; frozen shell CI only allows outer shell orbitals to be substituted. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 36 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Coupled Cluster Method The coupled cluster method seeks to find an operator T such that the exact ground state wave function can be written as = e T 0 where 0 is usually the HF wave function and the cluster operator T is a sum of excitation operators T = T1 + T2 + T3 + with T1 = T2 = a,r r ta ^ ^ r a (single excitations) (double excitations). 1 rs ^ tab ^ ^ ^b s r a 4
a,b,r ,s Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 37 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation r The amplitudes ta , can be characterized in the following way. First, we write He T 0 = Ee T 0 which, upon multiplying both sides by e T , gives e T He T 0 = E 0 . Next, we use the commutator expansion to write e T He T = H + [H, T ] + + 1 [[[[H, T ], T ] , T ] , T ] 4! 1 1 [[H, T ], T ] + [[[H, T ], T ] , T ] 2! 3! where [A, B] AB  BA. The key observation is that the commutator expansion terminates because H only has twoparticle interactions.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 38 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation Calculating the CC Amplitudes If we then substitute the commutator expansion into (*) and multiply by the function m m1al l = ml m1 ^1 ^l 0 ^ ^ a a a1 and finally integrate over the spin and spatial coordinates, then we obtain the identity m m 1 1 l a1 al H + [H, T ] + + [[[[H, T ], T ] , T ] , T ] 0 dX = 0. 4!
m The righthand side vanishes because 0 and m1al l are orthogonal. a1 This leads to a system of fourthorder polynomial equations in the CC amplitudes which in principle can be solved iteratively. As with CI, the cluster expansion is usually truncated to obtain CCD or CCSD. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 39 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation MllerPlesset (MP) Perturbation Theory In the MllerPlesset perturbation theory, we write the Hamiltonian as H=H
(0) +H (1) = i=0 i ^^ + H(1) , i i where i is the oneelectron energy of the i'th molecular orbital and the HF wave function 0 is the ground state eigenfunction for H(0) . We can then expand the true ground state wave function and energy as series 0 = n=0 0 , (n) E0 = n=0 E0 (k) where the terms in these series can be evaluated recursively, usually up to second (MP2) or sometimes fourth (MP4) order. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 40 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Electron correlation More formally, if k and Ek form a complete set of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for H(0) , then we can define the reduced resolvent 1 R0 = Pn . (0) (0) n=1 E0  En where Pn is the orthogonal projection onto n . It can then be shown that 0 = n=0 (0) (0) (0) S n 0 (0) E0 = E0 + 0 , H(1)
(0) (0) (0) n=0 S n 0 , (0) where S R0 (E0  E0 + H(1) ). The difficulty here is that S also depends on E0 .
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 41 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Sponer et al. (2004). Accurate Interaction Energies of HydrogenBonded Nucleic Acid Base Pairs. JACS 126: 1014210151. Background Base pair interactions in DNA and RNA depend largely on Hbonding. Experimental measurement of the Hbond energies is difficult. This motivates ab initio calculations of these energies. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 42 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Interaction Energies The interaction energy of dimer A B is defined as E AB = E AB  (E A + E B ) + EDef where E AB is the energy of the optimized dimer; E A , E B are the energies of the isolated bases, with the geometries of the optimized dimer, calculated using the dimer basis set; EDef is the deformation energy of the two isolated bases. Thus, the interaction energy is equal to the energy of the Hbonds less the energy required to deform the geometries of the isolated bases. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 43 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Deformation Energy The deformation energy of dimer A B is defined as
A B EDef = (E A  Emon ) + (E B  Emon ) where E A , E B are the energies of the isolated bases, with the geometries of the optimized dimer, calculated using the monomer basis sets
A B Emon , Emon are the energies of the isolated bases, with the geometries optimized in isolation using the monomer basis sets. Here the monomer basis sets are used in both calculations to avoid basis set superposition error (BSSE). Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 44 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Extrapolated Energies Extrapolation of energies to the complete basis set (CBS) limit was done using Helgaker's formula
corr corr EX = ECBS + BX 3 where
corr ECBS is the extrapolated energy; X is the number of basis functions used to represent each valence orbital (X = 2, 3, 4);
corr EX is the calculated energy, using the MP2 perturbation theory with an augccpVXZ basis set; The aDZ aTZ values reported in Table 2 were obtained by extrapolating from X = 2 and X = 3. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 45 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Results dimer GC (WC) AT (WC) GU (wobble) GA 1 AA 1 E AB 27.5 15.0 15.8 17.5 13.1 E SCF 20.0 7.0 9.7 8.2 5.1 E corr 7.4 8.0 6.1 9.3 8.0 EDef 3.6 1.5 3.0 1.9 1.4 AMBER 28.0 12.8 16.0 14.7 10.8 AMBER is a molecular mechanics package that uses a particular set of force fields. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 46 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Conclusions Comparison with higherorder extrapolations suggests that the aDZ aTZ are within 1 kcal/mol of the true values. Electron correlation (dispersion attraction + intramolecular correlation) contributes significantly to the interaction energies. Hbond energies estimated using AMBER are within 3 kcal/mol of the the QM estimates, with greater discrepancies for weak base pairs. Base pair stability is mainly determined by electrostatic interactions that can be approximated by atomcentered charges. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 47 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Schreier et al. (2007). Thymine Dimerization in DNA Is an Ultrafast Photoreaction. Science 315: 6259. BoggioPasqua et al. (2007). Ultrafast Deactivation Channel for Thymine Dimerization. JACS 129: 109967. Background Thymine dimerization occurs through UV irradiation of DNA sequences containing adjacent thymine bases (TT dinucleotides). Thymine dimers are usually repaired by photoreactivation or by nucleotide excision pathways. Unrepaired dimers are mutagenic and are believed to be a major contributor to melanoma. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 48 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Photocycloaddition Absorption of a photon by thymine excites a electron to a orbital. This can then: Return to the ground state (S0 ) via internal conversion of the excitation energy to heat. Attack the double bond on an adjacent thymine, leading to dimerization. Thermal activation of the cycloaddition reaction has low yield because of improper symmetry of the interacting orbitals.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 49 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Femtosecond TimeResolved IR Spectroscopy Schreier et al. (2007) studied thymine dimerization in UVirradiated (dT )18 using IR spectroscopy. This indicates that TD formation occurs within 3 ps of UV absorption.
Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 50 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Quantum Mechanical Analysis of Thymine Dimerization BoggioPasqua et al. (2007) used molecular orbital theory to characterize the likely reaction pathways for thermal and photochemical thymine dimerization. The QM calculations used multiconfigurational SCF (CASSCF) and perturbation theory (CASPT2) to calculate energies of intermediate states. These methods allow for electron excitation to higherenergy orbitals. The potential energy surface near the UVexcited state has the geometry of a conical intersection (CI). Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 51 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications Thermallydriven TD formation has low yield. The thermal reaction pathway passes through two transition states to lead to a thymine dimer that is higher in energy than the TT dinucleotide. Thymine dimerization is unlikely to occur through this mechanism. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 52 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications The photochemical reaction is barrierless. In contrast, following photon absorption, the excited system will relax to a CI from which it can either rapidly relax to the thymine dimer or return to the TT ground state. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 53 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Applications The conical intersection. Relaxation of the excited state occurs so rapidly that the neighboring dimers must have a suitable conformation at the time of photoexcitation for thymine dimerization to occur. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 54 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Summary Quantum Chemistry: Scope and Limitations Quantum mechanical calculations are important whenever: Empirical data relevant to molecular energetics are lacking or have questionable accuracy; We wish to study processes involving bond formation and breaking (chemical reactions). However, all of these methods are computationally intensive and so are usually restricted to aperiodic systems containing at most a tens of atoms. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 55 / 56 Quantum Chemistry Summary References Hehre, W. J., Radom, L., Schleyer, P. v. R., and Pople, J. A. (1986) Ab Initio Molecular Orbital Theory. Wiley. Piela, L. (2007) Ideas of Quantum Chemistry. Elsevier. Jay Taylor (ASU) APM 530  Lecture 3 Fall 2010 56 / 56 ...
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