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EPR and ENDOR studies of single crystals of 2-oxazolidinone X-irradiated at 295 K
Department of Physics, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1048, Blindern, N-0316, Oslo, Norway.
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemical Physics .
Department of Physics, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1048, Blindern, N-0316, Oslo, Norway.
2002 (English)In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, Vol. 4, no 24, 6086-6091 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When single crystals of the 5-membered heterocyclic ring structure 2-oxazolidinone (C3O2NH5) are irradiated at room temperature, the major radical formed (R1) decays during a period of a few hours, leaving a broad, unstructured EPR spectrum not amenable to analysis. Cooling the crystals to about 140 K immediately after irradiation at room temperature allows analysis of the R1 radical by EPR and ENDOR. The radical is formed by a net H-abstraction from one of the two methylene groups of the molecule. A full EPR and ENDOR analysis of four proton interactions (one a-coupling, and three ß-couplings) together with ESR evidence for a small nitrogen hyperfine interaction allowed for a precise identification of R1. The results show that the carbon-centered radical R1 is puckered at the radical center. Using DFT calculations together with the experimental EPR and ENDOR results, the torsion angle of the C1-H bond with respect to the N-C1-C2 plane is estimated to be 13-15° (bending angle 0˜ 7°). The DFT calculations reproduced the carbon-bonded proton hyperfine coupling constants satisfactorily but failed to reproduce the experimental results for the nitrogen and nitrogen-bonded proton hyperfine interactions. © The Owner Societies 2002.

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2002. Vol. 4, no 24, 6086-6091 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46848DOI: 10.1039/b208619kOAI: diva2:267744
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