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The aromaticity of verdazyl radicals and their closed-shell charged species


The aromaticity of fourteen 3-oxo-verdazyl (1-8) and Kuhn verdazyl (9-14) radicals with the different substituents has been investigated computationally using the gauge-including magnetically induced current-density (GIMIC) method. The strength of local and global diatropic and paratropic ring current have been obtained by performing numerical integration of the current density flow. Detailed studies of the current densities show that the aromatic character of the verdazyl ring obey Hückel’s aromaticity rule. The cations with formally 6π electrons in the verdazyl ring are weakly aromatic and the anions with 8π electrons are antiaromatic. The verdazyl ring of the neutral radicals is found to be weakly antiaromatic. The studied molecules sustain a significant global diatropic ring current that flows around the verdazyl and the phenyl rings suggesting that there is a strong coupling between the rings. For the 3-oxo-verdazyl cations, the global ring current is weaker. The spin-current density of the radicals is paratropic forming a ring current in the studied 3-oxo-verdazyls, whereas in the Kuhn verdazyls we found that the spin current density is mainly localized to the nitrogens. Calculated ionization potentials are also compared to values deduced from cyclic voltammetry data.

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The article was received on 25 Aug 2018, accepted on 01 Nov 2018 and first published on 02 Nov 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ04341H
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    The aromaticity of verdazyl radicals and their closed-shell charged species

    R. R. Valiev, A. K. Drozdova, P. V. Petunin, P. Postnikov, M. E. Trusova, V. Cherepanov and D. Sundholm, New J. Chem., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ04341H

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