Matrix-isolation FT-IR and ab initio 6-31 + + G** study of 1-CH3-adenine tautomerism

Kristien Schoone, Linda Houben, Johan Smets, Ludwik Adamowicz, Guido Maes

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The vibrational spectrum of 1-CH3-adenine was studied by the combined experimental matrix-isolation and theoretical ab initio SCF/6-31 + +G ** method. The imino N9H tautomer is largely predominant in Ar matrices in accordance with the theoretical energy predictions. Trace amounts of the imino N7H and the amino tautomers are detected for the first time, and tautomerization constants of 0.09 and 0.05 were obtained from a combination of the experimental and the theoretical IR intensities. The results are discussed in relation to the prototropic behaviour of adenine and purine and to the mechanism of the tautomerization process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part A Molecular Spectroscopy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Adenines
  • Matrix isolation
  • Tautomerism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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