Hironari Nagasawa, Sakuya Ogawa, Wataru Kashihara, Tasuku Isozaki, Keisuke Hirata, Shun-ichi Ishiuchi, Masaaki Fujii, Tadashi Suzuki

Conformational preference of 2-(4-methoxyphenyl)ethanol studied by supersonic jet spectroscopy: Intramolecular OH/π interaction

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • General Physics and Astronomy

A π-type hydrogen bonding between the OH group and the π electron is a crucial factor for the conformational preference of the molecular structure with a flexible group. However, the information on the effect of the substituent on the OH/π interaction is insufficient. The laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) excitation, the dispersed fluorescence (DF), the IR–UV hole-burning, and the IR dip spectra of jet-cooled 2-(4-methoxyphenyl)ethanol were measured for the first time. Almost all bands observed in the spectral region of 35 550–36 500 cm−1 in the LIF excitation spectrum were successfully assigned with the DF and the IR–UV hole-burning spectra coupled with the quantum chemical calculation at M06-2x/6-311G and MP2/6-311G levels. Five conformers were found in the LIF excitation spectrum. The most stable conformer was Ggπ, and the second most stable conformer was Ggπ′ (the trans rotamer of the methoxy group for Ggπ). Ggπ and Ggπ′ had the OH group directed toward the π electron system of the benzene ring. The OH stretching frequency of Ggπ/Ggπ′ of MPE in the IR dip spectra was red-shifted against that of Ggπ of phenylethanol, indicating that the introduction of the methoxy group would enhance the intramolecular OH/π interaction. In addition, the torsional vibration between the benzene ring and the side chain (−CH2CH2OH) (mode 63) was observed in the DF spectra of the Ggπ–00 and Ggπ′–00 band excitation, but their intensities were rather different, resulting from the different orientation of the OH group for each conformer toward the π electron system. The methoxy group would increase the negative charge on the benzene ring and would enhance the intramolecular OH/π interaction through the electrostatic interaction.

Need a simple solution for managing your BibTeX entries? Explore CiteDrive!

  • Web-based, modern reference management
  • Collaborate and share with fellow researchers
  • Integration with Overleaf
  • Comprehensive BibTeX/BibLaTeX support
  • Save articles and websites directly from your browser
  • Search for new articles from a database of tens of millions of references
Try out CiteDrive

More from our Archive