Posts Tagged ‘ELF’

An example of an extreme gauche effect: FSSF.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The best known example of the gauche effect is 1,2-difluoroethane, which exhibits a relatively small preference of ~0.5 kcal/mol for this conformer over the anti orientation, which is also a minimum. But FSSF, which I discussed in the previous post, beats this hands down! It also, by the way, must surely be the smallest molecule (only four atoms) which could be theoretically resolved into two enantiomers (possibly at say 273K?).


Spotting the unexpected. The trifluoromeric effect in the hydration of the carbonyl group.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The equilibrium for the hydration of a ketone to form a gem-diol hydrate is known to be highly sensitive to substituents. Consider the two equilibria:


Hexavalent carbon revisited (and undecavalent boron thrown in).

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

A little while ago, I speculated (blogs are good for that sort of thing) about hexavalent carbon, and noted how one often needs to make (retrospectively) obvious connections between two different areas of chemistry. That post has attracted a number of comments in the two years its been up, along the lines: what about carboranes? So here I have decided to explore that portal into boron chemistry. The starting point is the reported crystal structure of a molecule containing a CH12B11anion (DOI: 10.1021/ja00201a073). This differs from the molecule I previously reported in having not so much 5C-C + 1C-H bonds around a single carbon, but instead 5B-C + 1C-H bonds. The basic cluster is much in fashion (as B12Cl122-) for its properties as a non-coordinating counterion.


Quintuple bonds: part 2

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

In the previous post, I ruminated about how chemists set themselves targets. Thus, having settled on describing regions between two (and sometimes three) atoms as bonds, they added a property of that bond called its order. The race was then on to find molecules which exhibit the highest order between any particular pair of atoms. The record is thus far five (six has been mooted but its a little less certain) for the molecule below


Clar islands in a π Cloud

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Clar islands are found not so much in an ocean, but in a type of molecule known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). One member of this class, graphene, is attracting a lot of attention recently as a potential material for use in computer chips. Clar coined the term in 1972 to explain the properties of PAHs, and the background is covered in a recent article by Fowler and co-workers (DOI: 10.1039/b604769f). The concept is illustrated by the following hydrocarbon:


Uncompressed Monovalent Helium

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Quite a few threads have developed in this series of posts, and following each leads in rather different directions. In this previous post the comment was made that coordinating a carbon dication to the face of a cyclopentadienyl anion resulted in a monocation which had a remarkably high proton affinity. So it is a simple progression to ask whether these systems may in turn harbour a large affinity for binding not so much a H+ as the next homologue He2+?