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MNDO study of coupled strained hydrocarbons: Additivity of exocyclic C---C bond contraction induced by different ring systems

Rathna, A and Chandrasekhar, Jayaraman (1991) MNDO study of coupled strained hydrocarbons: Additivity of exocyclic C---C bond contraction induced by different ring systems. In: Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, 74 . 249 -258.

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Abstract

MNDO geometry optimizations were carried out on a series of symmetrically and unsymmetrically coupled strained ring hydrocarbons, R1-R1 and R1–R2 (R1=methyl, cyclopropyl, 1-bicyclo[1.1.0]butyl, 1-bicyclo[1.1.1]pentyl, prismyl, cubyl, 6-tricyclo [3.1.1.03,6]heptyl, and tetrahedryl groups; R2=methyl and cyclopropyl). The remarkable contraction of the C---C bond connecting the strained rings found experimentally in a few cases was reproduced correctly by the calculations. A linear correlation was found between the bond length shortening and the bond angle widening at the corresponding carbon atoms for all the structures considered. The reduction in C---C bond lengths due to various ring systems is additive. The additivity indicates that inter-ring interactions which effect the central bond length are absent and confirms the common electronic origin of bond contraction in these systems, viz. enhanced s-character in the exocyclic bonds of strained rings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier science.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 09:15
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2010 09:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/33989

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