All submissions of the EM system will be redirected to Online Manuscript Submission System. Authors are requested to submit articles directly to Online Manuscript Submission System of respective journal.

A Short Note on Quantum Chemistry and its Mechanisms

Zeen Chu *

Department of Chemistry, John Carroll University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author:
Zeen Chu
Department of Chemistry,
John Carroll University,
Bahir Dar,
[email protected]

Received: 04-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. JCHEM-22-52190; Editor assigned: 08- Feb-2022, Pre QC No. JCHEM -22-52190(PQ); Reviewed: 22- Feb-2022, QC No. JCHEM-22-52190; Accepted: 25-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. JCHEM-22-52190(A); Published: 04-Mar-2022, DOI: 10.4172/2319-9849.11.2.004. 

Visit for more related articles at Research & Reviews: Journal of Chemistry


Quantum chemistry, also known as molecular quantum mechanics, is a discipline of chemistry that researches ways quantum mechanics might be applied to chemical processes. Quantum chemistry is needed to order to understand electrical properties and molecular mechanics using the Schrödinger equations.


Spectroscopy; Quantum chemistry; Chemical dynamics


Chemists rely significantly on spectroscopy to gain information about the quantification of energy at the molecular level. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and scanning probe microscopy are all common approaches. Quantum chemistry investigates the ground states of individual atoms and molecules as well as their excited and transition states during chemical reactions.

Quantum chemical studies employ semi-empirical and other methodologies based on quantum mechanical principles in their computations, and they deal with time-dependent difficulties. The nuclei are assumed to be at rest in much quantum chemical research (Born–Oppenheimer approximation). Iterative approaches, such as selfconsistent ground observations, are often used in calculations. Quantum chemistry's principal objectives are to improve the precision of results for tiny molecular systems and to expand the size of large molecules that can be processed, which is limited by scaling considerations (computation time increases as the number of atoms increases).

Even the most powerful supercomputers didn't quantify things like the energies of electrons in a molecule since the quantum mechanical wave function in Schrödinger's equation contains everything you need to know about a manybody system. Research has shown for fifty years that such calculations should be achievable using a different approach involving the concentration matrix—a quantitative representation that eliminates the need for the whole multielectron wave function. In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, David Mazziotti of the University of Chicago describes how he improved his density matrix calculation of the ground-state energies and other properties of numerous molecules, providing superior results with significantly higher computational efficiency.

Theorists discovered that ground-state molecule energies could be determined using a density-matrix method that took electrons two at a time and then added them all up. The benefit is that a full N-electron calculation scales exponentially with N, but computing these properties with a two-electron density matrix scales linearly with N. Such scaling entails a significant reduction in the computational resources required. However, guaranteeing that these "reduced density matrices" accurately depict a full N electron system has proven difficult.

Mazziotti has developed a new form of the reduced density matrix based on his recent work as well as that of Christian Kollmar at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, which results in not just significant computational speedup but also significantly higher accuracy in the results. The method improves ground state energy, bond lengths, and bondbreaking estimates for a variety of compounds, including HF, CO, and CH4, and could be useful in computational chemistry.

Chemical dynamics

Adiabatic chemical dynamics: Interatomic exchanges are described by single numerical potentials called potential energy surfaces in adiabatic dynamics. Born and Oppenheimer introduced the Born–Oppenheimer approximation in 1927. Rice and Ramsperger in 1927 and Kassel in 1928 were the first to apply this in chemistry, and Marcus generalized it into the RRKM theory in 1952, taking into account the transition state theory published by Eyring in 1935. Simple estimates of unimolecular reaction rates can be made using these methods based on a few features of the potential surface.

Non-adiabatic chemical dynamics: The interaction between numerous connected potential energy surfaces is taken into account in non-adiabatic dynamics (corresponding to different electronic quantum states of the molecule). Vibronic couplings are the phrases for the coupling terms. In the 1930s, Stueckelberg, Landau, and Factors that act pioneered this subject with their work on what is now known as the Landau–Zener transition. Their formula can be used to calculate the probability of a transition between two diabatic potential curves in the vicinity of an avoided crossing. Spin-forbidden reactions are non-adiabatic reactions in which at least one spin state shift occurs while the reaction progresses from reactant to product.