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Rotational Spectrum and Internal Dynamics of Methylpyruvate

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posted on 24.01.2013, 00:00 by Biagio Velino, Laura B. Favero, Paolo Ottaviani, Assimo Maris, Walther Caminati
The rotational spectra of five isotopologues (normal and all monosubstituted 13C species) of methylpyruvate have been measured with the pulsed jet Fourier transform microwave technique. Rotational transitions are split into quintets due to the internal rotations of the two methyl groups. The corresponding barriers to internal rotation have been determined to be V3(H3C–O) = 4.883(8) kJ mol–1 and V3(H3C–C) = 4.657(8) kJ mol–1, respectively. Information on the skeletal heavy atom structure has been obtained from the 15 available rotational constants.