CHIMERA: A software tool for reaction rate calculations and kinetics and thermodynamics analysis



This article presents and overviews the CHIMERA program package, which provides a user-friendly graphical interface between quantum chemistry and chemical kinetics programs. CHIMERA facilitates calculations of rate constants for gas-phase reactions using transition state and Rice–Ramsperger–Kassel–Marcus theories. The program includes computational modules for simulation of gas-phase kinetics using simplified reactor models and for computation of chemical equilibria. The review includes a description of the theory implemented in the code, the program description, the general strategy of calculations using CHIMERA, and illustrative examples of the program application. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comput Chem 14: 1375–1389, 2002