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    • Relationship between electrophilicity index, Hammett constant and nucleus-independent chemical shift

      M Elango R Parthasarathi G Karthik Narayanan A Md Sabeelullah U Sarkar N S Venkatasubramaniyan V Subramanian P K Chattaraj

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      Inter-relationships between the electrophilicity index (Ω), Hammett constant (óp@#@) and nucleusindependent chemical shift (NICS (1) — NICS value one ångstrom above the ring centre) have been investigated for a series of meta- and para-substituted benzoic acids. Good linear relationships between Hammett constant vs electrophilicity and Hammett constant vs NICS (1) values have been observed. However, the variation of NICS (1) against CO shows only a low correlation coefficient.

    • Structure and stability of spiro-cyclic water clusters

      M Elango V Subramanian N Sathyamurthy

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      The structure and stability of spiro-cyclic water clusters containing up to 32 water molecules have been investigated at different levels of theory. Although there exist minima lower in energy than these spiro-cyclic clusters, calculations at the Hartree-Fock level, density functional theory using B3LYP parametrization and second order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory using 6-31G and 6-311++G∗∗ basis sets show that they are stable in their own right. Vibrational frequency calculations and atoms-inmolecules analysis of the electron density map confirm the robustness of these hydrogen bonded clusters.

    • The role of C-H$\ldots \pi$ interaction in the stabilization of benzene and adamantane clusters

      R Mahesh Kumar M Elango R Parthasarathi Dolly Vijay V Subramanian

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      In this investigation, a systematic attempt has been made to understand the interaction between adamantane and benzene using both ab initio and density functional theory methods. C-H$\ldots \pi$ type of interaction between C-H groups of adamantane and 𝜋 cloud of benzene is found as the important attraction for complex formation. The study also reveals that the methylene (-CH2) and methine (-CH) groups of adamantane interact with benzene resulting in different geometrical structures. And it is found that the former complex is stronger than the later. The diamondoid structure of adamantane enables it to interact with a maximum of four benzene molecules, each one along the four faces. The stability of the complex increases with increase in the number of benzene molecules. The energy decomposition analysis of adamantane-benzene complexes using DMA approach shows that the origin of the stability primarily arises from the dispersive interaction. The theory of atoms in molecules (AIM) supports the existence of weak interaction between the two systems. The electrostatic topography features provide clues for the mode of interaction of adamantane with benzene.

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