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Conformational Behavior of Dimethyl 5-Methyl-1H,3H-pyrrolo[1,2-c][1,3]thiazole-6,7-dicarboxylate 2,2-Dioxide Isolated in Low-Temperature Matrixes

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posted on 2006-05-25, 00:00 authored by A. Kaczor, T. M. V. D. Pinho e Melo, M. I. L. Soares, R. Fausto
The structure of dimethyl 5-methyl-1H,3H-pyrrolo[1,2-c][1,3]thiazole-6,7-dicarboxylate 2,2-dioxide (PTD) was investigated in low-temperature noble gas matrixes (Ar, Kr, Xe), amorphous solid, and the crystalline state by infrared spectroscopy and computational methods. The geometry of PTD conformers is defined by the orientation of two methyl ester groups, which may adopt pseudo-trans or pseudo-cis positions in relation to the pyrrolo−thiazole system. For both methyl ester groups, the latter arrangement was predicted by the calculations to be energetically the most favorable in the isolated molecule. The envelope form of the thiazolidine ring is present in all conformers, with the sulfur atom placed in the apex position, while the pyrrole ring is almost planar. Three types of conformers differing in the orientation of the methyl ester groups relative to the pyrrolo−thiazole system (cis/cis, trans/cis, cis/trans) were identified in the matrixes. The cis/cis forms were found to be the most stable ones in both gaseous state and argon matrixes. On the other hand, the more polar trans/cis forms were found to be stabilized in the more polarizable krypton and xenon matrixes as well as in the neat amorphous and crystalline phases. On the basis of annealing experiments, performed in argon and xenon matrixes up to 35 and 68 K, respectively, conformational changes preceding the aggregation of the compound are suggested.