Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Magnetically Induced Ring-Current Strengths of Planar and Nonplanar Molecules: New Insights from the Pseudo-π Model


The π-contribution to the magnetically induced current densities, ring-current strengths, and induced magnetic fields of large planar molecules (as kekulene) and three-dimensional molecules (as [10]cyclophenacene and chiral toroidal nanotubes C2016 and C2196) have been computed using the pseudo-π model with the gauge-including magnetically induced currents method. The magnetic response analysis shows that π-electrons are the main actors of the electron delocalization in carbon systems regardless of their size, suggesting that the π- component of the ring-current strengths can be used for assessing the aromatic character of this kind of molecules. Computations using the pseudo-π model yield current densities and induced magnetic fields that are not contaminated by contributions from core and σ-electrons allowing investigations of large molecular structures as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and cylindrical or toroidal carbon nanotubes.


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