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Isotopic Dependence of the Hydrogen-Transfer-Triggered Methyl-Group Rotation in Deuterated 5-Methyltropolone

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Author(s)

Francis J. Lovas, Vadim V. Ilyushin, Alyssa M. Johnson, Jenna Hohl, Emily A. Cloessner, Richard Lavrich

Abstract

We present here the first experimental study of the microwave spectrum of deuterated 5-methyltropolone, a molecule which exhibits two large-amplitude motions: an intramolecular hydrogen transfer (deuterium transfer in the current case of deuterated 5-methyltropolone) and a methyl torsion. The main goal of this study was to get information on the isotopic dependence of the main tunneling parameters of 5-methyltropolone in the framework of two dimensional tunneling formalism, which previously has shown some counterintuitive results for isotopic dependence of tunneling parameters in 2- methylmalonaldehyde. Measurements were carried out by Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy in the 9 to 26 GHz frequency range. Theoretical analysis was carried out using a tunneling-rotational Hamiltonian based on a G12m extended-group-theory formalism. Our global fit of 384 transitions to 17 molecular parameters gave a weighted root-mean-square deviation of 0.8. The current study on the isotopic dependence of the main tunneling parameters in 5-methyltropolone supports the assumption of possible “leakage” between tunneling parameters in the two-dimensional tunneling formalism in use.
Citation
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy
Volume
343

Keywords

hydrogen transfer, internal rotation, large-amplitude motion, microwave spectrum, tunneling Hamiltonian, tunneling splittings

Citation

Lovas, F. , Ilyushin, V. , Johnson, A. , Hohl, J. , Cloessner, E. and Lavrich, R. (2017), Isotopic Dependence of the Hydrogen-Transfer-Triggered Methyl-Group Rotation in Deuterated 5-Methyltropolone, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, [online], https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2017.09.004 (Accessed May 19, 2024)

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Created September 19, 2017, Updated November 10, 2018