Articles written in Proceedings – Section A
Volume 68 Issue 6 December 1968 pp 314-323
New data presented regarding the influence of different types of substituents in the benzene ring of aromatic carbonyl compounds (including benzils) on the > C=O frequency have made it possible to revise and rationalise older explanations.
Based on uniform considerations of polarisation, rational explanation can be provided for the effects of ethylene and phenyl conjugation, hydrogen bond formation and complex formation. Abnormal effects are observed in special cases where other important factors are simultaneously involved as for example in N-oxides and flavonoids of various types; but they are explicable on a rational basis. Further, the behaviour of acetylene and nitrile compounds throws insight on the nature of some of these factors.
Volume 69 Issue 1 January 1969 pp 66-66 Erratum
Volume 80 Issue 2 August 1974 pp 97-101
The infrared and ultraviolet absorption spectra of substituted benzoins have been studied with a view to find the influence of ring substituents on the strength of chelation in benzoins. The strength of chelation was found to be in the order 4-dimethylamino benzofuroin > 4-dimethylamino benzoin > 4-methoxy benzoin = anisoin > benzoin = furoin.
Volume 82 Issue 2 August 1975 pp 55-64
The influence of solvents on the intramolecular hydrogen bond in benzoin and methyl mandelate is studied using infrared spectroscopy. Non-oxygenated solvents could not break the chelation but could shift the OH frequencies to a small extent. Oxygenated solvents like diethyl ether, acetone and dioxan could break the chelation and form intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The relative intensities of the bands of intra and intermolecular hydrogen bonds gave an indication of the donor ability of these solvents, which is linked with their capacity to break the intramolecular hydrogen bonding. Making use of the symmetry numbers of the OH band, the order of the interacting abilities of the oxygenated solvents in breaking the chelation is ascertained and explained.