Two short nitroxide biradicals of similar composition, R6′–R6′ (B0) and R6′–(C ≡ C)–R6′ (B1), where R6′ is 1-oxyl-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,4-ene-nitroxide ring, have been investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray structural analysis. Quantum chemical calculations at UDFT/B3LYP/cc-pVDZ level were also performed and compared with the X-ray structural data. Zero-field splitting parameters D for B0 and B1 were found to be equal −0.0048 and −0.0022 cm−1, respectively, in good agreement with quantum chemical prediction. Potential energy surface scans corresponding to pathways of the conformational rearrangements were calculated; rotation barriers for B0 and B1 were found to be 19.2 and 4.0 kJ/mol, respectively; and structural rigidity and probable differences in biradicals behavior are discussed. Calculations of spin density distribution in biradicals B0 and B1 were also carried out.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics