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Is styrene planar in liquid phases?

By Giorgio Celebre, Giuseppina De Luca, Marcello Longeri, Giuseppi Pileio and James W. Emsley

Abstract

The proton NMR spectra of two C-13-labeled isotopomers of styrene dissolved in two liquid crystalline solvents have been obtained and analyzed to yield four sets each of 24 dipolar couplings. These couplings were then used to investigate the structure of the ring and the ene fragments of the molecule, and the position of the maximum, phi(0), in the ring-ene bond rotational probability distribution. To do this, the effect on the dipolar couplings of small-amplitude vibrational motion was taken into account using vibrational wave functions calculated by molecular orbital and density functional methods. It is concluded that the NMR data are consistent with the ring fragment, averaged over the ring-ene rotation, planar, while the ene fragment is not. The value of phi(0) is found to be 18.0degrees+/-0.2degrees for the two solutions, compared with a value of 27degrees calculated by the molecular method MP2/6-31G*

Topics: QD, QC
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:20164
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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