Journal of Chemical Physics
X-ray diffraction experiments are employed to determine the molecular and crystal structure of 3-isopropylchrysene. Based on this structure, electronic structure calculations are employed to calculate methyl group and isopropyl group rotational barriers in a central molecule of a ten-molecule cluster. The two slightly inequivalent methyl group barriers are found to be 12 and 15 kJ mol(-1) and the isopropyl group barrier is found to be about 240 kJ mol(-1), meaning that isopropyl group rotation is completely quenched in the solid state. For comparison, electronic structure calculations are also performed in the isolated molecule, determining both the structure and the rotational barriers, which are determined to be 15 kJ mol(-1) for both the isopropyl group and the two equivalent methyl groups. These calculations are compared with, and are consistent with, previously published NMR (1)H spin-lattice relaxation experiments where it was found that the barrier for methyl group rotation was 11 +/- 1 kJ mol(-1) and that the barrier for isopropyl group rotation was infinite on the solid state NMR time scale.
Copyright 2008 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in J. Chem. Phys. 128 (12), 124502 (2008), and may be found at http://jcp.aip.org/resource/1/jcpsa6/v128/i12/p124502_s1.
X. L. Wang, A.L. Rheingold, A.G. DiPasquale, F.B. Mallory, C.W. Mallory, P.A. Beckmann. J. Chem. Phys. 128 (12), 124502 (2008).