The structures of several vicinal diarylethanes are determined by X-ray crystallography and calculated by Hartree-Fock ab initio computations. The structure of the general class of 1,2-diarylethanes is discussed, and a “standard molecular fragment” is derived from a search of the Cambridge Structural Database. The anomalously short Csp3-Csp3 (central) bond reported for the parent 1,2-diphenylethane and some derivatives is not representative of the average molecular geometry derived from the database and is likely an experimental artifact. High-level split valence ab initio calculations predict a normal (1.54 Å) bond length for C2h1,2-diphenylethane.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry