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Effect of H<sub>2</sub> Binding on the Nonadiabatic Transition Probability between Singlet and Triplet States of the [NiFe]-Hydrogenase Active Site

By Danil S. Kaliakin (1468165), Ryan R. Zaari (1468168) and Sergey A. Varganov (582001)


We investigate the effect of H<sub>2</sub> binding on the spin-forbidden nonadiabatic transition probability between the lowest energy singlet and triplet electronic states of [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site model, using a velocity averaged Landau–Zener theory. Density functional and multireference perturbation theories were used to provide parameters for the Landau–Zener calculations. It was found that variation of the torsion angle between the terminal thiolate ligands around the Ni center induces an intersystem crossing between the lowest energy singlet and triplet electronic states in the bare active site and in the active site with bound H<sub>2</sub>. Potential energy curves between the singlet and triplet minima along the torsion angle and H<sub>2</sub> binding energies to the two spin states were calculated. Upon H<sub>2</sub> binding to the active site, there is a decrease in the torsion angle at the minimum energy crossing point between the singlet and triplet states. The probability of nonadiabatic transitions at temperatures between 270 and 370 K ranges from 35% to 32% for the active site with bound H<sub>2</sub> and from 42% to 38% for the bare active site, thus indicating the importance of spin-forbidden nonadiabatic pathways for H<sub>2</sub> binding on the [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site

Topics: Biophysics, Biochemistry, Chemical Sciences not elsewhere classified, Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified, nonadiabatic, H 2 binding energies, site, H 2 binding, 370 K ranges, torsion angle, triplet, multireference perturbation theories, NiFe, energy singlet, terminal thiolate ligands, Nonadiabatic Transition Probability, H 2 Binding
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1021/jp510522z.s001
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