Conformational effects in photoelectron circular dichroism of alaninol

Chemphyschem. 2009 Aug 3;10(11):1839-46. doi: 10.1002/cphc.200800862.


A photoelectron circular dichroism (CD) study of the valence states of 2-amino-1-propanol (alaninol) in the gas phase is presented. The aim of the investigation is to reveal conformer population effects in the valence-state photoelectron spectrum. The experimental dispersion of the dichroic D parameter of valence states as a function of the photon excitation energy is compared with its theoretical value calculated by employing a multicentric basis set of B-spline functions and a Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian. The theoretical values are in very good agreement with the experimental data when the conformer population distribution is taken into account. Moreover, thanks to a comparison between experiment and theory, a clear assignment of the molecular orbital character and conformer geometry is given to the features of the photoelectron spectrum. This work indicates in a detailed experimental analysis that CD in photoelectron spectroscopy is an effective technique to disentangle the conformer assignment in photoelectron spectra.