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Möbius aromaticity in [12]annulene: cis-trans isomerization via twist-coupled bond shifting

Möbius aromaticity in [12]annulene: cis-trans isomerization via twist-coupled bond shifting

Journal of the American Chemical Society 127(27): 9704-9705

Density functional and coupled cluster calculations show that facile thermal configuration change in [12]annulene occurs via a twist-coupled bond-shifting mechanism. The transition state for this process is highly aromatic with Möbius topology. At the CCSD(T)/cc-pVDZ//BH&HLYP/6-311+G** level, the isomerization of tri-trans-[12]annulene 1a (CTCTCT) to its di-trans isomer 2 (CCCTCT) via such a mechanism has a barrier of 18.0 kcal/mol, in good agreement with earlier experiments. Two other aromatic Möbius bond-shifting transition states were located that result in configuration change for other [12]annulene conformers. This mechanism contrasts sharply with diradical configuration change for acyclic polyenes and with planar bond-shifting mechanisms generally assumed for annulenes. This constitutes evidence that neutral Möbius aromatic annulenes play a role in the dynamic processes of neutral [4n]annulenes.

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DOI: 10.1021/ja052447j

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