Internal dynamics and optical rotations predicted for Oh- and O-symmetric cubanes

David A. Hrovat, Christine M. Isborn, Bart Kahr, Weston Thatcher Borden

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


(Equation Presented) B3LYP/6-31G(d) calculations find that cubanes, persubstituted with NO2 or BF2 groups, are predicted to undergo near-barrierless, internal disrotations. However, as a consequence of the intrinsically higher energies of eclipsed conformations for threefold than for twofold rotors, the threshold mechanisms for octamethyk octakis(trifluoromethyl)-, octakis(trichloromethyl)-, octakis(tribromomethy|)-, octasilylcubane, and octakis(trichlorosilyl)cubane are calculated to be mono- or conrotation. The cubanes with the larger substituents are predicted to be O-symmetric, resolvable, and thus optically active.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4763-4766
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Internal dynamics and optical rotations predicted for Oh- and O-symmetric cubanes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this