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Vibrational assignment and structure of trifluorobenzoylacetone - A density functional theoretical study

TitleVibrational assignment and structure of trifluorobenzoylacetone - A density functional theoretical study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsTayyari*, SF, Vakili, M, Nekoei, A-R, Rahemi, H, Wang, YA
JournalSpectrochim. Acta A
Volume66
Pagination626-636
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1386-1425
Abstract

Molecular structure and vibrational frequencies of 4,4,4-trifluoro-1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione, known as trifluorobenzoylacetone JFBA), have been investigated by means of density functional theory (DFr) calculations. The results were compared with those of benzoylacetone (BA), acetylacetone (AA), and trifluoroacetylacetone (TFAA). Comparing the calculated and experimental band frequencies and intensities suggests coexisting of both stable cis-enol conformers in comparable proportions in the sample. The energy difference between the two stable chelated enol forms is negligible, 0.96 kcal/mol, calculated at B3LYP/6-311++G** level of theory. The molecular stability and the hydrogen bond strength were investigated by applying the natural bond orbital (NBO) theory and geometry calculations. The theoretical calculations and spectroscopic results indicate that the hydrogen bond strength of TFBA is between those of TFAA and AA, considerably weaker than that of BA. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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