ESR Spectra of Para-Substituted Alkyl- and Alkenylbenzene Radical Cations in Halocarbon Matrices

Yoshihiro Kubozono, Masafumi Ata, Yasunobu Suzuki, Yasuhiko G. Gondo, Masaru Shiotani

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The ESR spectra of several para-substituted alkyl- and alkenylbenzene radical cations generated by 60Co y-ray irradiation in halocarbon matrices at 77 K have been studied with the aid of semiempirical MO calculations. It has been found that the ethyl conformation of 1, 4-diethylbenzene radical cation (1, 4-DEB + ) in CC12FCC1F2 is largely different from that in CC13CF3. Further the ethyl and n-propyl groups in 4-ethyltoluene and 4-n-propyltoluene radical cations in CC12FCC1F2 take different conformations from that of 1, 4-DEB +:The conformations of the alkylbenzene radical cations depend strongly both on the matrices and on the substituent groups. A peculiar radiolytical reaction of 1, 4-diisopropylbenzene to a deprotonation-type neutral radical in CC12FCC1F2 has been found, similarly to the case of photolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-796
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section A Journal of Physical Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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