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Rotational Spectrum and Molecular Structures of the Binary Aggregates of 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol with Ne and Ar

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posted on 2021-06-11, 20:06 authored by Bowei Wu, Nathan A. Seifert, Sönke Oswald, Wolfgang Jäger, Yunjie Xu
The structures and binding topologies of two binary van der Waals complexes 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP)···Ne and ···Ar were investigated. The rotational spectra of these two complexes including several isotopic species containing 20Ne, 22Ne, 40Ar, 13C, and hydroxyl D were measured using a chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer and a cavity-based Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. While HFIP was shown to exist in both the gauche and trans configurations based on previous reports, the rare gas atom is predicted to attach to HFIP in several different binding topologies, leading to a total of nine possible structural isomers for each complex. Only one isomer was detected for each species, and it corresponds to the most stable one predicted, based on the comparison of the experimental rotational constants and electric dipole moment components with the theoretical predictions and on the isotopic data. We applied quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) and electrostatic potential calculations to examine the different rare gas binding sites and to explore the nature of the interactions in these two complexes and several previously reported alcohol···Ar complexes. The effects of fluorination are also discussed by comparison with the binary complexes of isopropanol···Ne and ···Ar.