Title

Semiexperimental Equilibrium Structure of the Lower Energy Conformer of Glycidol by the Mixed Estimation Method

Abstract

Rotational constants were determined for 18O-substituted isotopologues of the lower energy conformer of glycidol, which has an intramolecular inner hydrogen bond from the hydroxyl group to the oxirane ring oxygen. Rotational constants were previously determined for the 13C and the OD species. These rotational constants have been corrected with the rovibrational constants calculated from an ab initio cubic force field. The derived semiexperimental equilibrium rotational constants have been supplemented by carefully chosen structural parameters, including those for hydrogen atoms, from medium level ab initio calculations. The combined data have been used in a weighted least-squares fit to determine an equilibrium structure for the glycidol H-bond inner conformer. This work shows that the mixed estimation method allows us to determine a complete and reliable equilibrium structure for large molecules, even when the rotational constants of a number of isotopologues are unavailable.

Publisher

American Chemical Society

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Publication Title

Journal of Physical Chemistry A

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1021/jp305504x

Language

English

Format

text

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