Far-infrared, Raman, and dispersed fluorescence spectra, vibrational potential energy surface, and the anomeric effect of 1,3-benzodioxole Academic Article uri icon


  • The far-infrared arid Raman spectra of 1,3-benzodioxole vapor have been recorded and analyzed. Forty-one infrared and six Raman bands were assigned to transitions between the various ring-puckering energy levels in the ground and excited ring-flapping states. The determination of the energy levels was assisted by analysis of the single vibronic level fluorescence spectra of the jet-cooled molecules. The puckering levels change substantially in the flapping excited state, indicating substantial interaction between the two vibrational modes. From the spectroscopic data, a two-dimensional vibrational potential energy surface was determined. This has a barrier to planarity of 164 cm-1 and energy minima at puckering and flapping angles of 24and 3, respectively. This molecule has a lower barrier to planarity than 1,3- dioxole, reflecting the influence of the benzene ring on the anomeric effect. Nevertheless, the anomeric effect is clearly the origin of the nonplanarity of this bicyclic ring system.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Sakurai, S., Meinander, N., Morris, K., & Laane, J.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Sakurai, S||Meinander, N||Morris, K||Laane, J

publication date

  • June 1999