NATHAN W. ULRICH, SEAN A. PEEBLES, REBECCA A. PEEBLES AND YASSER J. DHAHIR, Depart\-ment of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920; NATHAN A. SEIFERT, CRISTÓBAL PÉREZ AND BROOKS H. PATE, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, McCormick Rd., PO Box 400319, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy has been used to determine the structure of the C6H5F HCCH weakly bound complex. Assignment of spectra for the parent and all six unique 13C isotopologues in natural abundance has allowed a full structure determination, using both Kraitchman substitution and least-squares methods. The acetylene lies nearly perpendicular to the fluorobenzene ring, approximately above the ring center, and in the dimer ab symmetry plane. There is a slight tilt of the hydrogen atom nearest the fluorobenzene away from the carbon atom bonded to the fluorine. The distance between the centers of mass of the two monomers is approximately 4.18(1)Å, with C--H C distances of between 2.81(1)Å and 2.92(1)Å. The experimentally determined structure is in reasonable agreement with the minimum energy configuration from an MP2/6-311++G(2d,2p) ab initio calculation. Comparison will also be made with similar complexes of aromatic compounds with potential hydrogen bond donors.