INVESTIGATION OF SOLVATION EFFECTS ON OPTICAL ROTATORY DISPERSION USING THE POLARIZABLE CONTINUUM MODEL
- INVESTIGATION OF SOLVATION EFFECTS ON OPTICAL ROTATORY DISPERSION USING THE POLARIZABLE CONTINUUM MODEL
- Aharon, Tal
- Caricato, Marco
- Vaccaro, Patrick
- Lemler, Paul M.
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- Theory and Computation
- The Optical Rotatory Dispersion (ORD) of a chiral solute is heavily affected by solvation, but this effect does not follow the usual correlation with the solvent polarity, i.e., larger solvent polarity does not imply a larger change in the solute’s property. Therefore, a great deal of experimental and theoretical effort has been directed towards correlating the solvation effect on the ORD and the solvent properties. This discovery followed from the development of cavity ring down polarimetry (CRPD), which allows measurements of gas-phase ORD. In order to investigate this phenomenon, we chose a set of five rigid molecules to limit the effect of molecular vibrations and isolate the role of solvation. The latter was investigated with the Polarizable Continuum Model (PCM), and compared to experimental results. We used Bondi radii to build the PCM cavity, and performed extensive calculations at multiple frequencies using density functional theory (DFT) with two functionals: B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP, together with the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set. We also performed coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD/aug-cc-pVDZ) calculations at the wavelengths where gas-phase data are available, all of which are augmented with zero point vibrational corrections. These results are compared to experimental data and seem to indicate that PCM does not entirely account for the environmental effects on the ORD.
- International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
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