The molecular structure of a van der Waals-bonded complex involving 2,6-di-tert-butylphenol and a single argon atom has been determined through rotational spectroscopy. The experimentally derived structural parameters were compared to the outcomes of quantum chemical calculations that can accurately account for dispersive interactions in the cluster. The findings revealed a π-bound configuration for the complex, with the argon atom engaging the aromatic ring. The microwave spectrum reveals both fine and hyperfine tunneling components. The main spectral doubling is evident as two distinct clusters of lines, with an approximate separation of 179 MHz, attributed to the torsional motion associated with the hydroxyl group. Additionally, each component of this doublet further splits into three components, each with separations measuring less than 1 MHz. Investigation into intramolecular dynamics using a one-dimensional flexible model suggests that the main tunneling phenomenon originates from equivalent positions of the hydroxyl group. A double-minimum potential function with a barrier of 1000 (100) cm−1 effectively describes this extensive amplitude motion. However, the three-fold fine structure, potentially linked to internal motions within the tert-butyl group, requires additional scrutiny for a comprehensive understanding.

The Structure of 2,6-Di-tert-butylphenol–Argon by Rotational Spectroscopy / Li W.; Maris A.; Melandri S.; Lesarri A.; Evangelisti L.. - In: MOLECULES. - ISSN 1420-3049. - STAMPA. - 28:24(2023), pp. 8111.1-8111.12. [10.3390/molecules28248111]

The Structure of 2,6-Di-tert-butylphenol–Argon by Rotational Spectroscopy

Maris A.;Melandri S.;Evangelisti L.
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2023

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The molecular structure of a van der Waals-bonded complex involving 2,6-di-tert-butylphenol and a single argon atom has been determined through rotational spectroscopy. The experimentally derived structural parameters were compared to the outcomes of quantum chemical calculations that can accurately account for dispersive interactions in the cluster. The findings revealed a π-bound configuration for the complex, with the argon atom engaging the aromatic ring. The microwave spectrum reveals both fine and hyperfine tunneling components. The main spectral doubling is evident as two distinct clusters of lines, with an approximate separation of 179 MHz, attributed to the torsional motion associated with the hydroxyl group. Additionally, each component of this doublet further splits into three components, each with separations measuring less than 1 MHz. Investigation into intramolecular dynamics using a one-dimensional flexible model suggests that the main tunneling phenomenon originates from equivalent positions of the hydroxyl group. A double-minimum potential function with a barrier of 1000 (100) cm−1 effectively describes this extensive amplitude motion. However, the three-fold fine structure, potentially linked to internal motions within the tert-butyl group, requires additional scrutiny for a comprehensive understanding.
2023
The Structure of 2,6-Di-tert-butylphenol–Argon by Rotational Spectroscopy / Li W.; Maris A.; Melandri S.; Lesarri A.; Evangelisti L.. - In: MOLECULES. - ISSN 1420-3049. - STAMPA. - 28:24(2023), pp. 8111.1-8111.12. [10.3390/molecules28248111]
Li W.; Maris A.; Melandri S.; Lesarri A.; Evangelisti L.
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