Authors: Peña, Isabel; Cabezas, Carlos

Contribution: Article


Publication date: 2020/11/28

DOI: 10.1039/d0cp04580b

Abstract: The van der Waals 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 adducts between the aromatic molecule pyrrole (Pyr) and the rare gas atom neon (Ne) have been investigated using a combination of chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy and quantum-chemical calculations. Rotational spectra of two and three isotopologues of Pyr-Ne and Pyr-Ne-2, respectively, arising from the combinations of the Ne-20 and Ne-22 isotopes, were identified and a partial r(s) structure determined. Unusual spectral intensities have been observed with a significant enrichment of heavier isotopic species in the jet molecular expansion. The observed rotational constants of Pyr-Ne are consistent with a nearly symmetric prolate top with the Ne atom located above the plane of pyrrole. The trimer presents C-2v symmetry with the Ne atoms located one on each side of the ring plane. The experimental N-14 nuclear quadrupole coupling constants have been determined for all the isotopologues of Pyr-Ne and Pyr-Ne-2 complexes. Similar values to those of isolated pyrrole have been found, which suggests that the electrical gradient field of pyrrole does not change much upon complexation. The observed spectroscopic parameters have been compared with those of other aromatic-rare gas complexes.