Accurate equilibrium structures of methyl methacrylate and methacrylic acid by microwave spectroscopy and dispersion corrected calculations
The Journal of chemical physics | 15 Apr 2019
S Herbers, P Kraus and JU Grabow
The rotational constants of s-trans and s-cis methyl methacrylate and methacrylic acid are determined from microwave spectra. All singly substituted heavy-atom isotopologs of the four species are measured in natural abundance. The experimental rotational constants are combined with anharmonic vibrational corrections using the Coulomb-attenuating method, Becke, three-parameter, Lee-Yang-Parr density functional with Grimme’s D3 dispersion corrections and the Becke-Johnson damping function, yielding precise semi-experimental equilibrium rotational constants. These constants are used to determine semi-experimental equilibrium structures with sub-picometer accuracy, suitable for benchmarking purposes.
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