- Low-Frequency CH Stretch Vibrations of Free Alkoxide Ions
- Angewandte Chemie, International Edition
- Volume | Issue number
- 56 | 1
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
CH stretches in hydrocarbon cations often shift to lower frequencies relative to neutral molecules, because they do not have sufficient electrons to give every bond an electron pair. A parallel effect in negatively charged species has not been previously observed. Here we show that CH bond weakening occurs in alkoxide anions as a consequence of hyperconjugation. The reasoning differs somewhat from the case of positively charged ions, but the net effect is the same: to lower CH stretching frequencies by hundreds of wavenumbers.
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