I have written a number of blog posts that deal with the computation of optical activity. Trindle and Altun have now reported TD-DFT computations of circular dichroism of high-symmetry molecules.1 The employ either B3LYP (with a variety of basis sets, the largest being 6-311++G(2d,2p)) and SOAP/ATZP. For a number of the high symmetry molecules (two examples are shown in Figure 1), the two methods differ a bit in their predictions of the first excited state, with SOAP typically predicting a red shift relative to the B3LYP. However, both methods general give the same sign of the CD signals and their line shapes are similar.



Figure 1. B3LYP/6-31G(d) optimized structures of 1 and 2 (again due to incomplete supporting materials, I reoptimized these structures)


(1) Trindle, C.; Altun, Z., "Circular dichroism of some high-symmetry chiral molecules: B3LYP and SAOP calculations " Theor. Chem. Acc. 2009, 122, 145-155, DOI: 10.1007/s00214-008-0494-8.


1: InChI=1/C18H14O2/c19-15-7-11-3-1-4-12-8-16(20)10-14-6-2-5-13(9-15)18(14)17(11)12/h1-6H,7-10H2

2: InChI=1/C20H24/c1-13-9-18-7-8-20-12-15(3)19(11-16(20)4)6-5-17(13)10-14(18)2/h9-12H,5-8H2,1-4H3

DFT &Optical Rotation Steven Bachrach 27 Jul 2009 No Comments

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