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Title:EXPLORING THE BINDING OF METHANOL WITH FURANS
Author(s):Obenchain, Daniel A.
Contributor(s):Schnell, Melanie ; Perez, Cristobal ; Fatima, Mariyam
Subject(s):Mini-symposium: Non-covalent Interactions
Abstract:Recently, an infrared study on the complex of dimethylfuran and methanol showed only a slight preference for methanol to bind via an OH$\cdots$O hydrogen bond versus the OH$\cdots \pi$ bond.\footnote{A. Poblotzki et al, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 27265.} From this work, a ‘blind challenge’ was undertaken to compare the quantum chemical and experimental results of the microsolvation of a furan ring in methanol, with varying degrees of methyl substitution on furan, having a focus on methanol binding sites.\footnote{H. C. Gottschalk et al, J. Chem. Phys. 2018, 148, 014301.} The hope of the challenge is to gauge how well experiment and theory can agree on site preference when the energy difference is near $1$ kJ/mol, and ultimately to discern which theoretical models perform the best. To this end, we present the rotational spectrum and structural analysis of the dimethylfuran complex with methanol. The rotational spectrum was recorded on the Hamburg COMPACT (compact-passage acquired coherence technique) microwave spectrometer from $2-18$ GHz.\footnote{D. Schmitz et al, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 2012, 280, 77.} The observed spectrum is complicated by the internal rotation of three methyl tops, two from the dimethylfuran and one from the methanol. Each methyl top adds additional torsional angular momentum to the rotating complex, which subsequently splits the rotational energy levels yielding a complex set of torsion-rotation transitions. The resulting methyl top tunneling parameters are essential to aid in the structure determination of the complex. These results will be compared with the furan methanol results to see the effect of methylation on site preference.
Issue Date:2019-06-18
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/104328
DOI:10.15278/isms.2019.TB08
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Daniel A. Obenchain
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-07-15
2020-01-25


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