Category Archives: MW Spectroscopy

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Enflurane published

The conformational landscape of enflurane was published in Chemistry – A European Journal. This report closes a series or rotational investigations on volatile and injection anesthetics, including among others sevoflurane, isoflurane and propofol. Enflurane has three distinct rotamers in the gas phase, originated by the internal rotation of the terminal chlorine atom. The presence of hyperfine interations and different isotopologues resulted in a crowded spectrum, as can be observed in the figure below.figure-ethrane-web

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HRMS 2015

The XXIV Colloquium on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy (HRMS 2015) was organized in Dijon last August 23-28, 2015. Our group presented a poster on the conformational map of enflurane. Emilio Cocinero gave a plenary talk at the meeting. Next meeting in the HRMS series will be in Helsinki in 2017.

HRMS2015In the picture below part of the Spanish team at the HRMS 2015, including Dionisio Bermejo and José Luis Domenech (CSIC), Alberto (UVa) and María Eugenia Sanz (UCL, London).

HRMS2015 foto españoles

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New PCCP cover

New cover on PCCP! A work in collaboration with the Brooks H. Pate group in Virginia was featured as cover of PCCP in the July 28th issue. We show how transient chirality in the anesthetic sevoflurane is stabilized on formation of the dimer, as two different diastereoisomers (homochiral: left/left or right/right; heterochiral: left/right or right/left) are formed and distinguished by their spectral rotational signature. The structure of the dimers were fully resolved usign isotopic information, rendering information on the weak hydrogen bonds stabilizing the cluster.

PCCP cover sevo2sevo2

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ISMS meeting

The International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS), a landmark for the high-resolution Spectroscopy community, will move to Champaign-Urbana this year (June, 16-20). The meeting follows 68 succesful editions at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). Our group collaborates in five communications.

TOC caprolactone version 2

We show in the figure above two conformations observed for the floppy seven-membered ring of caprolactone.

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A work in collaboration with the Pate group in Virginia examined the weakly-bound cluster of sevoflurane···benzene ans was published in Angewandte Chemie. The primary interaction is a relatively strong C-H···pi hydrogen bond. The presence of additional C-H···F weak interactions hinders the six-fold symmetric internal rotation of benzene around sevoflurane. This is probably the first time that such a V6 barrier has been determined in a intermolecular complex.



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J2IFAM meeting over

The VI meeting of young researchers in Atomic and Molecular Physics (J2IFAM-2014) organized in Bilbao (January 22-24) is now over. Montse gave a talk on pyridine···freon intermolecular complexes last Thursday 23rd.