Computational and experimental studies of the effect of substituents on the singlet-triplet energy gap in phenyl(carbomethoxy)carbene.

The effect of aromatic substitution on the singlet-triplet energy gap in substituted phenyl(carbomethoxy)carbene (X-Ph-C-CO(2)CH(3), PCC) has been explored by time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy and gas-phase computational methods. The ground state of para-substituted PCC is calculated to change from the triplet state in p-NO(2)-PCC (Delta G(ST) = 6… (More)