Photoelectron spectroscopy of natural products. Part 1. Polypodanes

Lien Hoa D. Nguyen, Leslie J. Harrison, Igor Novak, Anthony W. Potts

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He I UV photoelectron spectra of four naturally occurring polyenes were measured. The spectra were interpreted on the basis of empirical arguments and semiempirical MO calculations. The results show that through-bond interactions between π-orbitals are discernible in spite of the non-rigid molecular geometry. This work shows that natural products have electronic structures which are of interest to a wider circle of chemists than just those who specialize in natural products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-768
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Organic Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999


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