Theoretical study of bromine halocarbons: Accurate enthalpies of formation

Kameron R. Jorgensen, Texas A and M International University
Melissa Cadena, Texas A and M International University


The gas phase enthalpies of formation of sixty-five C1 and C2 bromine compounds have been calculated using G3, G4, the correlation consistent Composite Approach (ccCA) and CCSD(T)/CBS. Several compounds investigated have importance in atmospheric chemistry due to their global warming potentials. Compounds investigated include chlorine and fluorine containing bromine compounds, and bromine hydrocarbons. Computational methods have been compared to experimental and theoretical values when available. All methods investigated calculate enthalpies of formation that are in agreement with available ATcT, each with a greater than 0.999 R2 value and mean absolute deviations (MADs) of 1.2 kcal/mol, 0.6 kcal/mol, 0.7 kcal/mol, and 0.6 kcal/mol for G3, G4, ccCA, and CCSD(T), respectively. The importance of molecular spin-orbit corrections is noted. The molecular spin-orbit correction for tetrabromomethane increased the enthalpy of formation by 2.7 kcal/mol to an enthalpy of formation of 27.5 kcal/mol when using CCSD(T)/CBS.