Effect of low-temperature argon matrices on IR spectra and structure of flexible N-acetylglycine molecules

S. G. Stepanian, A. Yu Ivanov, L. Adamowicz

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The influence of the matrix environment on structure and IR spectra of the N-acetylglycine conformers was studied. Based on the FTIR spectra of N-acetylglycine isolated in low temperature argon matrices we determined its conformational composition. The spectra bands of main and two minor conformers of N-acetylglycine were identified in the FTIR spectra. The structure of the observed conformers was stabilized by different intramolecular hydrogen bonds. The Gibbs free energies of the conformers (CCSD(T)/CBS method) were performed and population of the conformers at 360 K were determined. They were 85.3% for the main conformer and 9.6 and 5.1% for the minor N-acetylglycine conformers. We also determined size and shape of the cavities which were formed by embedding of the N-acetylglycine conformers in argon matrices during deposition. It was found that for the planar main conformer the most energetically preferred cavity was formed by substituting of 7 argon atoms. At the same time, bulky minor conformers were embedded in a cavity formed by substituting of 8 argon atoms. Complexation energies as well as the deformation energies of the argon crystal and conformers of N-acetylglycine were calculated. Also we determined values of the matrix shifts of vibrational frequencies of N-acetylglycine conformers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1492-1502
Number of pages11
JournalFizika Nizkikh Temperatur
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2016


  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • Low temperature matrix isolation
  • Matrix effects
  • Molecular structure
  • N-acetylglycine
  • Quantum-mechanical calculations

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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