# Calculations on the rate of the ion-molecule reaction between NH _{3}^{+} and H_{2}

## Abstract

The rate coefficient for the ion-molecule reaction NH3+ + H2→NH4+ + H has been calculated as a function of temperature with the use of the statistical phase space approach. The potential surface and reaction complex and transition state parameters used in the calculation have been taken from ab initio quantum chemical calculations. The calculated rate coefficient has been found to mimic the unusual temperature dependence measured in the laboratory, in which the rate coefficient decreases with decreasing temperature until 50-100 K and then increases at still lower temperatures. Quantitative agreement between experimental and theoretical rate coefficients is satisfactory given the uncertainties in the ab initio results and in the dynamics calculations. The rate coefficient for the unusual three-body process NH3+ + H2 + He→NH4+ + H + He has also been calculated as a function of temperature and the result found to agree well with a previous laboratory determination. © 1991 American Institute of Physics.