Some semi-empirical molecular orbital studies of the origin of conformational preferences for free S2O42- and N2O4 Academic Article uri icon


  • The results of some semi-empirical MO-CI calculations of the barriers to rotation around the S-S and N-N bonds of S2O42- and N2O4 are reported. The calculated barriers are expressed in terms of atomic, cis O-O overlap, coulombic repulsion and exchange contributions. The barrier analysis for N2O4 shows that cis O-O overlap stabilizes the planar relative to the skew conformer, whereas for free S2O42-, reduced coulombic repulsions stabilize the trans conformer relative to the eclipsed. Some CNDO/2 estimates of the rotation barrier for S2O42- are also reported.

publication date

  • 1984