Conformational analysis of ethyl-substituted Criegee intermediate by FTMW spectroscopy

Carlos Cabezas, Jean-Claude Guillemin, Yasuki Endo*

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Abstract

Ethyl-substituted Criegee intermediate, C2H5CHOO, has been generated in the discharged plasma of a 1,1-diiodopropane/O-2 gas mixture and spectroscopically characterized by Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy in a pulsed supersonic jet. The comparison between the experimental rotational constants and those calculated ab initio unambiguously confirms the identification of three conformers, providing the definitive probe for their molecular structures. Some of the observed pure rotational transitions show small splittings corresponding to the A/E components due to the threefold methyl internal rotation, which made it possible to determine the barrier heights of the hindered methyl rotation. The conformational abundances as well as the non observation of a plausible fourth conformer have been rationalized in terms of interconversion processes between conformers and interactions between the terminal oxygen and the protons of the ethyl moiety. Published by AIP Publishing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224314
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume145
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • VOLATILE ORGANIC-COMPOUNDS
  • UV ABSORPTION-SPECTRUM
  • OZONE-ALKENE REACTION
  • MICROWAVE-SPECTRUM
  • CARBONYL OXIDES
  • HOX FORMATION
  • MECHANISM
  • REACTIVITY
  • PROMPT

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