Structures and energetics of organosilanes in the gaseous phase: a computational study

Ryusuke Futamura, Miguel Jorge, Jose R. B. Gomes

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The gas-phase conformations and stabilities of neutral and anionic organosilanes with structure ((HO)3Si-organic linker-Si(OH)3), where the organic linker is benzene, ethene, or ethane, were studied using density functional theory. The calculations were performed at the B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,2p) level of theory and show that the cis-bis(trihydroxysilyl)-ethene and gauche-bis(trihydroxysilyl)-ethane species are more stable than their trans and anti-counterparts, respectively. The local geometries of the organic and inorganic fragments in these hybrid compounds are similar to those found in the case of pure silicate compounds or in the parent organic molecules. The calculated enthalpies of deprotonation for these species suggest an acid–base behavior for 1,4-bis(trihydroxysilyl)-benzene species that is intermediate of those calculated for the silicate monomer and for the silicate dimer, while for the cis-bis(trihydroxysilyl)-ethene and gauche-bis(trihydroxysilyl)-ethane, an acid–base behavior that is intermediate of those calculated for small and for large pure silicates. It was also found that the calculated charges of the Si atoms are almost independent of the type of carbon atom to which they are bonded and that the charge localized on the organic moiety is always negative, even for the neutral species. This information is valuable for the development of molecular force fields for simulating systems involving organosilicates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1323-1324
Number of pages10
Journal Theoretical Chemistry Accounts
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Event8th Congress on Electronic Structure: Principles and Applications (ESPA 2012) - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 26 Jun 200929 Jun 2009


  • enthalpies of deprotonation
  • density functional theory
  • periodic mesoporous organosilicas
  • organosilicates
  • atomic point charges
  • structures and energetics
  • gaseous phase
  • computational study


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