Antiaromatic character of 16 π electron octaethylporphyrins: Magnetically induced ring currents from DFT-GIMIC calculations

Heike Fliegl, Fabio Pichierri, Dage Sundholm

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The magnetically induced current density susceptibility, also called current density, has been calculated for a recently synthesized octaethylporphyrin (OEP) zinc(II) dication with formally 16 π electrons. Numerical integration of the current density passing selected chemical bonds yields the current pathway around the porphyrinoid ring and the strength of the ring current. The current strengths show that the OEP-Zn(II) dication is strongly antiaromatic, as also concluded experimentally. The calculation of the ring current pathway shows that all 24 π electrons participate in the transport of the ring current because the current splits into inner and outer branches of practically equal strengths at the four pyrrolic rings. The corresponding neutral octaethylporphyrinoid without Zn and inner hydrogens is found to be antiaromatic, sustaining a paratropic ring current along the inner pathway with 16 π electrons. The neutral OEP-Zn(II) molecule with formally 18 π electrons is found to be almost as aromatic as free-base porphyrin. However, also in this case, all 26 π electrons contribute to the ring current, as for free-base porphyrin. A comparison of calculated and measured 1H NMR chemical shifts is presented. The current strength susceptibility under experimental conditions has been estimated by assuming a linear relation between experimental shielding constants and calculated current strengths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2344-2350
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 19


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