Re-Examination Of Some Carbocations: Structures, Energies, And Charge Distributions

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Journal Of Organic Chemistry


Chemists have had a long-standing interest in reactive intermediates such as carbenes, carbon radicals, carbanions, and carbocations. Carbocations are an interesting part of this group because of their tendency to undergo rearrangement, sometimes forming bridged ions, as well as their ability in many cases of spreading out the positive charge over several atoms. We have re-examined some of these cases using high-level compound procedures, W1BD and G4, as well as by considering the charge distributions making use of the Hirshfeld method that has been shown to uniquely correlate with several types of experimental data.

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