Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Ab initio molecular quantum mechanics has been applied to a number of coupled ring systems including biterahedryl and cubylcubane. Basis sets at least as large as double zeta augmented by carbon d functions (DZ+d) were used throughout. For biterahedryl, electron correlation effects qualitatively alter the molecular structure, decreasing the central C—C bond distance while increasing the adjacent C—C distance. Carbonyl substituents, contrary to some previous thinking, do not qualitatively alter the bitetrahedryl structure. This finding points to a structural problem with the monomer bicyclo[3.1.0.02,6]hexane that carries over to the coupled bicyclo[3.1.0.02,6]hexyl molecule. Finally, for the cubylcubane molecule synthesized in 1988, the only significant difference between Hartree-Fock theory and experiment occurs for the central C—C distance, which, as in the other coupled molecules, is too long. These results significantly lengthen the (still very short) list of closed-shell hydrocarbon molecules for which Hartree-Fock theory encounters structural difficulties.
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