THE MICROWAVE-SPECTRUM AND POTENTIAL FUNCTION OF NITROSOETHANE, CH3CH2NO

AP COX*, Judy Hardy, J RANDELL

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Abstract

The potential function for internal rotation of the nitroso group in nitrosoethane, CH3CH2NO, has been determined. All available microwave data are fitted to the potential,

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where V-1 = (-15), V-2 = 63(2), V-3 = 389(1), V-4 = 135(1) and V-5 = 166(2) cm(-1). Torsional fundamentals for the nitroso group (C-N) have been measured by microwave relative intensity measurements for both rotamers: nu(t)(cis) = 182(17) cm(-1) and nu(t)(gauche) = 61(19) cm(-1). The energy difference between the two stable conformers has been determined to be Delta W(gauche - cis) = 2.1(4) kJ mol(-1). The ground state torsional splitting for gauche CH3CH2NO has been re-evaluated as Delta E(+/-) = 153.5(4) MHz corresponding to a calculated value of the coupling constant T-be = 34.7 MHz. Accurate structural data have been used in the potential function calculations. The resulting potential is compared with those of some isoelectronic molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-307
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
Volume352
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 1995

Keywords

  • INTERNAL-ROTATION

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