Conformational Dependence of Molecular Surface Electrostatic Potentials
NEW ORLEANS UNIV LA DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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In a series of earlier studies, we have shown that a variety of solution, liquid and solid phase properties can be represented analytically in terms of quantities related to the electrostatic potentials on molecular surfaces. These quantities include the positive and negative extrema, the positive and negative average values and variances, and the average deviation. We have now investigated how sensitive these quantities are to the molecular conformation. Surface potentials were computed at the HF6-31G level for a total of 35 conformations of ten different molecules. Our overall conclusion is that conformational effects upon applications of molecular surface electrostatic potentials are most likely to be of concern if a formation of the conformer considerably diminishes internal polarity, andor b the application in question is strongly dependent upon the positive variance.
- Physical Chemistry
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy