Matrix isolation FT-IR studies and ab initio calculations of hydrogen-bonded complexes of molecules modeling cytosine or isocytosine tautomers. 1. Pyridine and pyrimidine complexes with H2O in Ar matrices

Alain Destexhe, Johan Smets, Ludwik Adamowicz, Guido Maes

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An experimental method is described for a vibrational spectroscopic study of the H-bonding properties of cytosines and isocytosines in low-temperature inert matrices. The method comprises a detailed experimental and theoretical ab initio study of several molecules of increasing complexity, each modeling one or more interaction sites of cytosine tautomers which have been demonstrated to occur in low-temperature Ar matrices. A first series of results is presented for the simple N-bases pyridine and pyrimidine complexed with H2O in Ar. Pyridine forms the stronger N⋯H2O complex, which is manifested in relatively far displaced H2O absorptions and in stronger perturbations of the base ring fundamentals. The experimental results are supported by the SCF/6-31++G** predicted shifts. Two different 1:2 complexes are identified for pyrimidine/H2O in annealed matrices. The presence of N⋯H-O and H-O⋯H-O H-bonds in the first and of N1⋯H-O and N3⋯H-O H-bonds in the second complex is deduced from strongly different H-bond cooperativities in these complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1506-1514
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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