Nessima Salhi-Benachenhou

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The stepwise and concerted pathways for the McLafferty rearrangement of the radical cations of butanal (Bu(+)) and 3-fluorobutanal (3F-Bu(+)) are investigated with density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio methods in conjunction with the 6-311+G(d,p) basis set. A concerted transition structure (TS) for Bu(+), (H), is located with a Gibbs barrier height(More)
An alternative skeletal rearrangement of the quadricyclane radical cation (Q*+) explains the side products formed in the one-electron oxidation to norbornadiene. First, the bicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2-ene-5-yl-7-ylium radical cation, with an activation energy of 14.9 kcal mol(-1), is formed. Second, this species can further rearrange to 1,3,5-cycloheptatriene(More)
[structure: see text] A natural bond orbital analysis of the distonic bicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2-ene-5-yl-7-ylium radical cation interprets its structure and radical character by a three-center two-electron bond between C2, C3, and C7 (a bishomoaromatic stabilization) and a singly occupied orbital on C5, n(5). Moreover, B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) ESR parameters, which(More)
A computational study is undertaken to provide a unified picture for various rearrangement reactions and hydrogen scrambling pathways of the toluene radical cation (1). The geometries are optimized with the BHandHLYP density functional, and the energies are computed with the ab initio CCSD(T) method, in conjunction with the 6-311+G(d,p) basis set. In(More)
Three skeletal rearrangement channels for the norbornadiene (N*+) to the 1,3,5-cycloheptatriene (CHT*+) radical cation conversion, initialized by opening a bridgehead-methylene bond in N*+, are investigated using the quantum chemical B3LYP, MP2 and CCSD(T) methods in conjunction with the 6-311 +G(d,p) basis set. Two of the isomerizations proceed through the(More)
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