The tautomeric system of 2-pyridone (P2) and 2-hydroxypyridine (HP2) is described by partition functions supplied with molecular parameters from recent advanced computations. In contrast to other isomeric systems studied within the approach, the simple Boltzmann factors represent here a reasonable approximation to isomeric relative populations derived from thermodynamically consistent (i.e., including rotational-vibrational motions if relevant) treatment. At moderate temperatures the HP2 structure clearly prevails; however, in the high temperature limit the P2 species also becomes significant. Its presence is manifested in the isomeric enhancement of heat capacity, which at ≈ 640 K reaches its maximum value of 3.1 J K-1 mol-1. The relationship to interpretation or simulation of molecular spectra is discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry