Detection of tautomer proportions of dimedone in solution: A new approach based on theoretical and FT-IR viewpoint
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Molecular structures of stable tautomers of dimedone [5,5-dimethyl-cyclohexane-1,3-dione (1) and 3-hydroxy-5,5-dimethylcyclohex-2-enone (2)] were optimized and vibrational frequencies were calculated in five different organic solvents (dimethylsulfoxide, methanol, acetonitrile, dichloromethane and chloroform). Geometry optimizations and harmonic vibrational frequency calculations were performed at DFT 6-31+G(d,p), DFT 6-311++G(2d,2p), MP2 6-311++G (2d,2p) and MP2 aug-cc-pVDZ levels for both stable forms of dimedone. Experimental FT-IR spectra of dimedone have also been recorded in the same solvents. A new approach was developed in order to determine tautomers' ratio using both experimental and theoretical data in Lambert-Beer equation. Obtained results were compared with experimental results published in literature. It has been concluded that while DFT 6-31+G(d,p) method provides accurate enol ratio in DMSO, MeOH, and DCM, in order to obtain accurate results for the other solvents the MP2 aug-cc-pVDZ level calculations should be used for CH3CN and CHCl3 solutions.