Glycine Conformational Analysis

Ching Han Hu, Mingzuo Shen, Henry F. Schaefer

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Ab initio quantum mechanical methods, including the self-consistent field (SCF), single and double excitation configuration interaction (CISD), the single and double excitation coupled cluster (CCSD), and the single, double, and perturbative triple excitation coupled cluster [CCSD(T)] have been applied to five C5 conformers and four of their C1 counterparts on the potential energy hypersurface of glycine. A large basis set TZ2P+f designated H(5s2p1d/ 3s2p1d) and C,N,O(10s6p2d1f/5s3p2d1f) was chosen to evaluate the importance of d functions on hydrogen and f functions on carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. A very subtle feature of the glycine potential energy hypersurface is the out-of-plane bending of the C5 structures II (to C\ structure III) and IV (to C1 structure V). Conformer I is the global minimum at all levels of theory. Two of our results are different from previous ab initio predictions: structure II/III is lower in energy than structure IV/V at our highest level of theory, and should be identified as the second minimum. Secondly, although the C1 structure V lies slightly below its C5 counterpart IV at the DZP SCF and TZ2P SCF levels of theory, this ordering is reversed with the TZ2P+f SCF and DZP CISD methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2923-2929
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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