Conformational studies on chiral rhodium complexes by ECD and VCD spectroscopy

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This article reports vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopic studies in acetonitrile on the chiral Rh2(O-Phe-Cbz)1(OAc)3 and Rh 2(O-Phe-Ac)1(OAc)3 complexes (abbreviated Rh2Z1 and Rh2Ac1, respectively; Phe, L-phenylalanine; Cbz, benzyloxycarbonyl; Ac, acetyl) supported by theoretical calculations. The ECD spectra of the complexes depend on temperature that indicates the conformational mobility of the chiral ligands. Calculations of the VCD spectra were performed at ab initio (DFT) level of theory using Gaussian 03 [B3LYP functional combined with the LANL2DZ basis set for the dirhodium core and the 6-31G(d) basis set for other atoms]. The population-weighted sums of the computed VCD spectra of the conformers are in excellent agreement with the experimental VCD spectra. The combination of the VCD and ECD spectroscopic methods led us to the structural characterization of the complexes. Chirality, 2011.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-299
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2011



  • conformational analysis
  • dinuclear rhodium complexes
  • electronic circular dichroism
  • vibrational circular dichroism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry

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