||Fourier transformation microwave spectroscopy of the methyl glycolate-H2O complex
Fujitake, Masaharu ,
Tanaka, ToshihiroOhashi, Nobukimi
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy
17 , 2018-01-01 , Academic Press / Elsevier
The rotational spectrum of one conformer of the methyl glycolate-H2O complex has been measured by means of the pulsed jet Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. The observed a- and b-type transitions exhibit doublet splittings due to the internal rotation of the methyl group. On the other hand, most of the c-type transitions exhibit quartet splittings arising from the methyl internal rotation and the inversion motion between two equivalent conformations. The spectrum was analyzed using parameterized expressions of the Hamiltonian matrix elements derived by applying the tunneling matrix formalism. Based on the results obtained from ab initio calculation, the observed complex of methyl glycolate-H2O was assigned to the most stable conformer of the insertion complex, in which a non-planer seven membered-ring structure is formed by the intermolecular hydrogen bonds between methyl glycolate and H2O subunits. The inversion motion observed in the c-type transitions is therefore a kind of ring-inversion motion between two equivalent conformations. Conformational flexibility, which corresponds to the ring-inversion between two equivalent conformations and to the isomerization between two possible conformers of the insertion complex, was investigated with the help of the ab initio calculation. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
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