NORMAN C. CRAIG, MATTHEW C. LEYDEN AND AMIE K. PATCHEN, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074; TONY MASIELLO, Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Mail Stop K8-88, Richland, WA 99352.
We seek a semi-experimental equilibrium structure for trans -1,3,5-hextatriene, which should show structural evidence for increased pi-electron delocalization in comparison with butadiene. Despite the marginal resolution in the spectrum of trans -hexatriene, rotational structure of three C-type bands of trans-hexatriene in the high-resolution infrared spectrum (0.0015 cm-1) has been analyzed as a first step. Strong bands are at 1010.95 and 901.910 cm-1; a weaker band is at 683.45 cm-1. The most extensive analysis was for the band at 901.910 cm-1. The composite fit of 1628 ground state combination differences from the three bands gave the ground state rotational constants of A = 0.8742480(7), B = 0.0446600(10), and C = 0.0425099(8) cm-1. For this near-symmetric top, = -0.99483. Procedures for synthesizing needed isotopomers are being explored.